Anecdota

Laughter is the Best Medicine

UCSC research new crime fighting tech, help crack major case


SEE ON T-V…SCIENTIST
CAN’T GET ENOUGH
SUFFICIENT D-N-A FROM
HAIR STRANDS LEFT ON
SHIRTS WITHOUT THE
ROOT. SCIENTIST TELL ME THE
SHAFT OF THE HAIR DOES
NOT HAVE ENOUGH D-
N-A FOR CURRENT
TECHNIQUES TO
PROCESS…THIS LAB IS ABLE TO PROCESS THOSE
STRANDS WITH SMALL
D-N-A SIZES.###
JOSH KAPP-UC SANTA
CRUZ PHD STUDENT CLIP#
9364 12:52:47 NOW WE HAVE CREATED SOLUTIONS TO
ACCESS THIS MATERIAL THATS
BEEN UNDER USED FOR
DECADES THAT MATERIAL
IS FROM THE SHAFT OF
THE HAIR … RESEARCHERS SAY OFTEN
TIMES LAW
ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
WILL TEST HAIR BY
COMPARISON. OR LET IT SIT IN
EVIDENCE FOR YEARS
AND
DEGRADED…CREATING
BACKLOGS IT STARTS
HERE AT THE U-C SANTA CRUZ BIOMED LAB….LED
BY PROFESSOR DOCTOR
ED GREEN AND HIS TEAM
OF THREE. THE PROCESS CAN TAKE
UP TO A MONTH OR
LONGER. THEY’RE BUSY TESTING
HUNDREDS OF HAIR
SAMPLES SENT FROM LAW
ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE TEAM FIRST…SUI LONGER. THEY’RE BUSY TESTING
HUNDREDS OF HAIR
SAMPLES SENT FROM LAW
ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE TEAM FIRST…SUITS
UP IN A STERILE ROOM
TO WASH THE HAIR, ONE
STRAND AT A TIME, AND
EXTRACT DNA. THE HAIR IS THEN
DISSOLVED AND PREPPED
FOR SEQUENCING . JOSH KAPP-UC SANTA
CRUZ PHD STUDENT CLIP#
9364 12:54:24 THAT’S
WHEERE WE HAVE MADE
STRIDES IN FORENSICS
12:54:30 WE’VE DEVELOPED TECHNIQUES TO REALLY
PROCESS THE SMALL
QUANTITIES AND SMALL
FRAGMENTS OF THESE REALLY
DEGRATED SAMPLES. LIKE THE DEGRADED
SAMPLES FROM A
DECADES OLD CASE IN
NEW HAMPSHIRE. THE BEAR BROOK
MURDERS ..WHERE FOUR
FEMALES WERE KILLED IN
THE LATE 70S AND
DISCOVED IN BARRELS IN
1985 AND 2000. LAW ENFORCEMENT
CONTACTED THE UC
SANTA CRUZ TEAM TO
HELP THEM IDENTIFY THE
WOMEN. USING HAIR SAMPLES
RETREIVED FROM THOSE
BARRELS…. JOSH KAPP-UC SANTA
CRUZ PHD STUDENT CLIP#
9364 13: 04:43 IT’S
DEFINIETLY MOVED BEYOND
INTEREST IN PROCESSING
WEIRD BAD SAMPOLES….WHEN WE GOT
INTO FORENSIC THAT REAL
WORLD I HADN’T
EXPERIENCED…I REALLY
LIKE THAT WE ARE SOLVI
CRIMES. I LIKE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO BRING JUSTICE TO
THESE CRIMES. THE TEAM HOPES TO GET
OTHER AGENCIES TO USE
THIS WORK.. THEY SAY CURRENT
FORENSIC DATA THAT’S
BEEN USED FOR DECADES
DOESN’T MATCH UP WITH
THE DATA THEY ARE
USING … SO NOW THEY ARE
INFORMING AGENCIES
HOW THIS NEW WORK
CAN BE DONE AND
INTEGRATED. ###
THE TEAM IS NOT AT
LIBERTY TO IDENTFY
WHICH AGENCIES AND
INVESTIGATIONS THEY’RE
INVOLVED WITH, EXCEPT FOR THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
CASE. ###

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