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WSU researchers uncover crime DNA testing backlog
April 21, 2005

Counter to what viewers see on “CSI” and similar popular television shows, a recent study at Washington State University suggests forensic DNA analysis remains a woefully under-used technology in investigating criminal felony cases throughout the United States.Based on information provided by law enforcement and criminal forensic laboratories, the new study suggests available biological crime scene evidence from roughly a quarter million unsolved rapes and homicides nationally since 1982 has yet to be subjected to the type of DNA testing that could aid in identifying a suspect.”In the relatively brief amount of time forensic DNA has been available to the criminal justice system, its impact has … » More …

Antidepressant may impact DNA, study gains attention
December 11, 2002

 SPOKANE, Wash. — A Spokane study evaluating the effect of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (such as Prozac and Celexa) on sperm DNA integrity has generated international interest, according to Joanna Ellington and Clarke St. Dennis of Washington State University Spokane, the study’s lead investigators.“We are currently receiving e-mail from all around the world from couples who have had trouble conceiving while the male partner has been on SSRI antidepressants. Based on our preliminary data, several individuals have gone ahead and sent in sperm samples to study collaborator Dr. Don Evenson for the sperm chromatin analysis, which determines the level of damaged DNA in sperm,” states … » More …

Researchers to analyze DNA in rape, murder cases
October 4, 2002

Hundreds of thousands of unsolved rape and murder cases could potentially be solved by processing DNA samples now housed at crime labs across the country, and researchers at Washington State University will play a key role in the effort. The Debbie Smith Act, by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), creates a federal program to test and process the DNA evidence which is estimated to be between 200,000 and 500,000 samples. The job of determining the extent of the project falls to Smith Alling Lane, a prominent Tacoma legal research firm. Currently, survey instruments for state crime labs, private crime labs, prosecutors, and local law enforcement … » More …