Category Archives: Forensic DNA

Crime scene evidence, victims of crime, suspects allegedly involved in crimes and other persons of interest, analysis of blood, semen and saliva for DNA traces, major crime, volume crime (eg property crimes), evidence given at courts and in trials (expert evidence), CrimTrac, Disaster victim identification, missing persons, decomposed remains, new developments in methodology or equipment.
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Body found at Toowoomba pub

Brisbane Times Natalie Bochenski October 24, 2014

The body of a man has been found at a pub on the outskirts of Toowoomba.
Police were called to the Drayton Tavern, southwest of the city, at 7.20 Friday morning after the body was discovered by a cleaner.
A crime scene has been established.

Sudden death investigation, Varsity Lakes

Qld Police Media October 23, 2014

Police are investigating the death of a man at a unit in Varsity Lakes this morning.
Around 11am, police were called to the Mulgrave Crescent address where a man was found deceased.
Forensic officers and police are conducting investigations at the scene.
The death is being treated as suspicious.
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Autopsy on Varsity Lakes man to be conducted on Friday:

Bones find could be linked to missing Rockhampton pair

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva October 23, 2014

Police investigating the suspected murder of two Central Queensland housemates have found human remains at a Rockhampton farm.
Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow said a farmer made the discovery about 5pm on Wednesday at his Bowlin Road property at Port Curtis, on the city’s outskirts.
Inspector Shadlow said “just bones” were located, and forensic investigators were now trying to work out the gender and identity of the deceased.

Forensic Science International: Genetics – Table of contents

Forensic Science International: Genetics

January 2015, volume 14

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Police find body in the Brisbane River

Brisbane Times October 21, 2014 Kristian Silva

Police have found the body of 21-year-old Ben Reddich who went missing in the Brisbane River two days ago.

New research software automates DNA analysis

EurekAlert 20 October 2014

Ottawa, CANADA – October 20, 2014 – At the core of medical research is problem-solving, which is exactly what two PhD scientists did when they set out to eliminate a common, time-consuming task performed in research laboratories around the world.

Bruno Fonseca, PhD scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Riu Liu, PhD scientist at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom) collaborated over the past four years to develop a software tool that automates the design of primers for site-directed mutagenesis. Their new software program is called PrimerGenesis.

“We’ve automated a Nobel-prize winning research technique,” says Bruno Fonseca, co-creator of the software. “Genome sequencing yields vast amounts of data on disease-causing mutations in DNA. Investigating each mutation by a common practice called site-directed mutagenesis is a laborious and time-consuming task. There’s an appetite for automating this task in the field of molecular biology research, so it’s been rewarding to develop this software.”

Generating mutations in a gene typically requires a researcher to manually design a small strip of DNA called “primer”. Instead of counting individual nucleotides within a strip of DNA, this time-consuming task can be completed computationally in a matter of seconds by using this new software program.

“We’ve aimed to make it as user-friendly as possible,” said Rui Liu, co-creator of PrimerGenesis. “The software is extremely versatile and can be widely applied; yes, it can be used to generate mutations but it can also be used to introduce specific tags upstream or downstream of a gene.”

PrimerGenesis is free and available globally without registration or download requirements at: or

Update – Operation Lima Glitter, Rockhampton

Qld Police Media October 15, 2014

Police investigating the suspected murder of Chantal Barnett and Robert Martinez have located items of interest during a recent search at Depot Hill.
The search was conducted at a property at Depot Hill on October 11 with the assistance of SES volunteers.
Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon, Officer in Charge of Rockhampton CIB, describes the items that were found during the search as being items of significance to the investigation.

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ABC news report