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'Missing in Arizona' seeks answers for families of long-term cases

A growing program in Arizona is providing fresh opportunities for answers to family members of people who are missing, including the chance to meet with experts in forensics, law enforcement and search and rescue at an all-day event in Phoenix on October 21.... Read more»

Court: Cops can be ordered to provide DNA in probe of Phx officer’s death

A federal appeals court said Monday that Phoenix police were within their rights to take DNA samples from officers responding to the 2010 shooting death of a fellow officer, Sgt. Sean Drenth, near the State Capitol.... Read more»

Another startling verdict for forensic science

A recent study on the reliability of hair analysis is only latest to shake public confidence. The Washington Post reported the first results from a sweeping study of the FBI forensic hair comparison unit, finding that 26 of 28 examiners in the unit gave flawed testimony in more than 200 cases during the 1980s and 1990s... Read more»

Death penalty report: Taping interrogations valuable

A report advocating death penalty reforms finds that false confessions in capital cases can be limited by recording the questioning of suspects. ... Read more»

Pentagon overhauls effort to identify its missing

The restructuring promises to address many of the problems laid out in a recent ProPublica and NPR investigation. ... Read more»

Father, son reunite 30 years after Guatemala massacre

It was Tranquilino Castañeda's first visit to the United States. And the first time that he would see his son in person after almost three decades during which he thought his boy had died in a massacre in Guatemala. ... Read more»

Headless remains of Aussie outlaw Ned Kelly ID'd

The headless remains of Australian criminal Ned Kelly were identified 130 years after he was hanged for murder.... Read more»

Berkeley's request for students' DNA draws fire

A genetics group is criticizing Berkeley for asking incoming students to provide DNA samples to the university.... Read more»

Dog DNA helps British police get murder conviction

A gang member convicted of murdering a rival became the first person to be convicted using dog DNA.... Read more»

DNA deception

Infant blood in Texas given to feds without parental OK

When Texas health officials were sued last year for storing infant blood samples without consent, they said it was for medical research. They never said they were turning over samples to the federal government to help build a vast DNA database. ... Read more»1

Food safety

Would you know if you ate poisonous puffer fish?

When a Chicago couple grew dangerously ill two years ago after eating a home-cooked fish dinner, Canadian scientists figured out what had sickened them by using a new genetic test. The Chicago couple — who recovered — had dined on poisonous puffer fish that had been mistakenly labeled as a safe monkfish.... Read more»