Virginia To Use Familial DNA In Investigations | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

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

'Guardians' Director: This Movie Needed Me!

Morning Edition's David Greene talks to director James Gunn about his new film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which Marvel hopes to make its next big franchise. Characters include a raccoon and a tree.
NPR

Syracuse Researchers Melt Rock, Grill A Steak Over Magma

Researchers at the university built a furnace that can melt rock, then had a cookout. Chefs placed a ribeye on a grill over the 2,100-degree magma. Seconds later, a very charred, medium rare steak.
NPR

Assessing Obama's Foreign Policy After A Week Of Crises

Politico Magazine editor Susan Glasser and Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum talk with Linda Wertheimer about how the president's foreign policy moves are playing out at home and abroad.
NPR

Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data to Changed Terrorist Behavior

For months, U.S. officials have said secret data from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was affecting the way terrorists communicate. A Massachusetts company says it has found proof.

Leave a Comment

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