WAMU 88.5 : News

Virginia To Use Familial DNA In Investigations

Play associated audio

Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced that the Virginia Department of Forensic Science has developed the capability to conduct DNA searches using genetic material from relatives of criminal suspects.

The technology can assist investigators seeking suspects who left DNA evidence at crime scenes but whose genetic material is not contained in any DNA database.

Investigators in California credit familial DNA in the 2010 capture of Lonnie Franklin Jr., the suspected "Grim Sleeper" who has been charged with 10 counts of murder.

NPR

Not My Job: Sharon Jones Gets Quizzed On Handshakes

We've invited the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings to play a game called "Let's shake on it."
NPR

Salvage Supperclub: A High-End Dinner In A Dumpster To Fight Food Waste

The ingredients — think wilted basil, bruised plums, garbanzo bean water — sound less than appetizing. Whipped together, they're a tasty meal that show how home cooks can use often-tossed foods.
NPR

5 Takeaways From The Democratic National Convention

As conventioneers head home after a dramatic DNC, here are 5 takeaways from Philadelphia.
NPR

How Your Health Data Lead A Not-So-Secret Life Online

Apps can make managing health care a lot easier, but most don't have the privacy protections required of doctors and hospitals. And a simple Web search can clue in advertisers to health concerns.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.