Menu
Kiwi forensic software cracks US murder, wins global users

Kiwi forensic software cracks US murder, wins global users

Software developed by New Zealand research institute scientists is shaking up the field of forensics

ESR software extends the reach of crime scene DNA analysis

ESR software extends the reach of crime scene DNA analysis

Advanced forensic software developed by scientists at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) has led to a murder conviction in a Brooklyn, New York, trial.

STRmix is revolutionising DNA interpretation, allowing the analysis of complex mixtures and DNA profiles recovered from minuscule amounts of DNA.

The software was developed by ESR scientists John Buckleton and Jo-Anne Bright, working with Duncan Taylor from Forensic Science South Australia.

The District Attorney of Kings County in Brooklyn, Eric Gonzalez, said the recent trial involved a 48-year-old man who killed his estranged wife in the backseat of her car, stabbing her multiple times.

The trial was the first in Brooklyn to use STRmix, which resolves mixed DNA profiles previously thought to be too complex to interpret.

Gonzalez said blood found in the victim’s car was a mixture of her DNA and the defendant’s, and the t-shirt the defendant was wearing contained a mixture of DNA from both of them.

“In this case, there was blood from both the victim and the defendant and the software assisted the analyst in isolating the defendant’s DNA,” Gonzalez said.

Thirty-one US labs now routinely use STRmix, including federal agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI and state and local agencies, including the Michigan State Police and Texas Department of Public Safety.

Furthermore, it has also been used to interpret DNA evidence in thousands of cases in Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada as well as in New Zealand.

ESR’s commercial and international general manager, Hamish Findlay, said STRmix is exciting interest among law enforcement agencies in an increasing number of countries.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags softwareDNAmurderESRSTRmix

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018: meet the top performing partners

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018: meet the top performing partners

Reseller News honoured the industry’s finest on a standout evening for the New Zealand channel, recognising the achievements of established partners, emerging players and innovative start-ups, in front of over 460 technology leaders in Auckland.

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018: meet the top performing partners
Champagne Reception kicks off Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018

Champagne Reception kicks off Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018

More than 460 channel leaders came together to toast the top performers of the New Zealand industry, during the opening Champagne Reception at the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018 - in association with Techbuyer.

Champagne Reception kicks off Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018
Chasing innovation: how Kiwi partners can create a new customer agenda

Chasing innovation: how Kiwi partners can create a new customer agenda

This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Rhipe and Microsoft - detailed a blueprint for customer success, outlining the new role of the modern-day partner and wider network in New Zealand.

Chasing innovation: how Kiwi partners can create a new customer agenda
Show Comments