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20 Celebrities who have, perhaps suprisingly, finished a marathon ...

Dexter Holland: The Offspring rocker ran the Los Angeles Marathon in 2006 to support the Innocence Project, which helps facilitate post-conviction DNA testing. Anthony Edwards: The former ER doc has run two marathons: The Chicago Marathon in 2003 — he finished in just under four hours — and also the New York City Marathon in 2009 to help fund a pediatric clinic in Kenya. George W. Bush: Former President George W. Bush was one of the fittest presidents in American history, and resolved to train for a marathon just a month before the race. He finished the 1993 Houston Marathon in [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 15:45:02

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New DNA Testing in Texas Case of Possibly Innocent Man Already ...

CNN has more on this developing story. After nearly eight months of deliberation, Judge Paul Murphy ruled on June 11 that Jones' father Claude, executed in 2000 for the murder of a Point Blank, Texas, liquor-store owner, should have another day in court. Specifically, that the only physical evidence linking Jones to the crime — a one-inch piece of hair that somehow survived a destruction order years ago — had to be preserved, against the wishes of San Jacinto County, and transferred to an independent forensics laboratory for DNA testing that wasn't available during the original trial. [more...]

Date: 2010-06-16 02:09:00

DNA Testing Inconclusive In Girl Scout Murder Case - NewsOn6.com ...

OSBI selected Identigene of Houston, Texas to perform the testing. Identigene was selected after inspection and auditing by OSBI to insure the lab met OSBI standards. Identigene is able to perform Y-STR DNA testing. In April 2007, the OSBI contacted Haynes seeking permission to test semen stains from pillowcases ... On average, Americans correctly answered 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on a survey by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life. [more...]

Date: 2008-06-26 00:29:14

FTDNA offering special prices for Y-DNA upgrades

Y-DNA Upgrade Sale at Family Tree DNA Those of our readers who have already Y Chromosome tested at Family Tree DNA of Houston, TX will be interested to learn of this special price on upgrades. FTDNA is currently offering special prices for Y-DNA upgrades. The table below compares the regular surname group rates with the sale prices. The promotion will end July 19, 2010. Kits need to be ordered and paid for by midnight on that date. Click on the link below to go to the FTDNA web site. Then log in to your personal page and click on the special offers link in the left hand navigation bar. Click [more...]

Date: 2010-07-09 22:12:00

Judge Orders DNA Test of 1-Inch Hair That Led to Texas Man's ...

Claude Howard Jones was executed a decade ago. But a DNA test is now going to be conducted to determine whether a 1-inch hair that was relied on to convict him of capital murder was actually his. A retired Texas appellate judge hearing a Dallas case seeking to prove that Jones was wrongfully convicted ruled Friday that the DNA test would be performed, despite opposition from the San Jacinto County District Attorney's office. which argued that a jury verdict should be final, reports the Associated Press. Jones, who was 60 when he was put to death by the state of Texas in 2000, was convicted of [more...]

Date: 2010-06-15 23:50:55

TCADP | U.S. Supreme Court Considers Access to DNA Testing | Texas ...

An editorial in the Dallas Morning News (“Test all DNA in Skinner case,” October 12, 2010) notes that “If Skinner loses, our state again could be in the embarrassing and outrageous position of authorizing an execution with potentially exculpatory evidence locked away.” Listen to this morning’s story on NPR. Read more from the Associated Press in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle, and Austin [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 16:04:24

Joint City-County Emergency DNA Lab for Houston PD? « FSN ...

Local and statewide experts, even a for­mer Houston police chief, insist HPD should get out of the foren­sic test­ing busi­ness alto­gether, not­ing that back­logs exist not only in DNA but also in the bal­lis­tics and fin­ger­prints divisions. “At a bare min­i­mum, the whole process of foren­sic test­ing — old cases or new cases — has to be removed over to some respon­si­ble entity and, given the track record of HPD, they’re not the ones to do this,” said Jeff Blackburn, gen­eral coun­sel for the Innocence Project of Texas. “They just can’t clean [more...]

Date: 2010-07-20 15:00:22

Michael Anthony Green Of Texas, Exonerated Of Rape By DNA Evidence ...

HOUSTON — Imprisoned for 27 years for a rape he didn't commit, Michael Anthony Green walked out of jail a free man on Friday and in the process was able to leave behind some of the anger that had fueled his survival behind bars. ... She said DNA testing was not available when Green was convicted, it didn't come to the forefront until the 1990s and that even now Harris County – the country's third-largest county – doesn't have the resources to do all the testing it needs [more...]

Date: 2010-07-31 06:12:06

Two More Innocent Men Released in Texas as Critical Reforms Wait ...

Even prior to the latest exonerations in Houston, Texas already led the nation with 40 wrongful convictions exposed by DNA evidence, and in the span of a week two more wrongfully convicted men were freed based on DNA testing and other evidence of innocence. These two most recent cases are painful reminders of how slowly Texas has been to implement reforms that can prevent such horrible injustices. Texas cannot do without eyewitness evidence, so it is essential that steps be taken that are necessary to make sure that evidence is as accurate as possible. No reforms can guarantee that mistakes [more...]

Date: 2010-08-17 18:46:39

Innocence Blog: Houston Man Free After 23 Years

Posted: August 7, 2009 2:46 pm Innocence Project client Ernest Sonnier is free today after more than two decades in Texas prisons for a rape he didn’t commit. DNA testing has proven Sonnier’s innocence of the 1985 attack and implicated two other men. Sonnier was freed on bond today by a Texas judge while he continues seeking to fully clear his name in the weeks ahead. His mother, Altha Davis, told reporters that she always knew he was innocent because he was with her when the crime was allegedly committed – on Christmas Eve 1985. “It’s been long for me, so long,” she said. [more...]

Date: 2009-08-07 19:46:00

Family Tree DNA: What's happening in Houston?

Tracing the the Tribe just received the latest update from Family Tree DNA on what's been happening in Houston following Hurricane Ike and some issues impacting the company. In general, things are improving. According to president Bennett Greenspan and vice president of operations and marketing Max Blankfeld: a) The 5th Annual Conference on Genetic Genealogy will be postponed until February or March 2009, as the Sheraton Hotel has just informed us that they will not be in an appropriate condition to host our conference. The positive aspect of this postponement is that we will try our best to [more...]

Date: 2008-09-21 04:36:00

FamilyTreeDNA.com: New Family Finder test officially launched

Tracing the Tribe is a blog about Jewish genealogy - All the developments, tools and resources you'll need to peer more closely into your family tree. Created in 2006 at JTA's request, it is now independent. As of today, FamilyTreeDNA.com's new Family Finder test has been officially launched. The new test connects family members across all ancestral lines, not only paternal or maternal. It represents a major advancement over earlier genetic genealogy tests. Everyone, regardless of gender, can now look for connections including grandparents, aunts and uncles, half siblings, and first, [more...]

Date: 2010-05-03 17:15:00

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Date: 2010-08-25 00:35:25

The Returning Casualty Blog » We thank our partners in DNA analysis

Many professionals have helped TRC in its mission, and the DNA analysts have been among the most supportive. Some of the best in the nation have come forth to assist. TRC’s first door opened at Family Tree DNA, a Houston based service that uses state of the art DNA technology to discover the ancestry of its clients (See the website www.familytreedna.com for interesting information about DNA technology, including an interview with BBC.). The company’s President and CEO, Bennett Greenspan, promptly replied to TRC’s request for assistance. Mr. Greenspan and TRC’s General Counsel, Wesley [more...]

Date: 2010-07-14 06:42:23


Equally significant is the possibility that the testing of the DNA samples could lead to the exoneration of yet another wrongfully convicted person. There have been a total of 255 DNA exonerations in this country with Texas leading the nation in wrongful convictions. It has about one-fifth of all the nation’s DNA exonerations. The proper testing of forensic evidence not only protects society from the guilty wrongdoer but ensures that innocent defendants are not wrongfully convicted. Effective evidence gathering and testing is the very foundation of our legal system—and the integrity of [more...]

Date: 2010-08-03 15:51:27

Family Tree DNA Reporting in From Houston

As a follow-up to our letter informing you of the level of preparedness Family Tree DNA established regarding the coming of Hurricane Ike to Houston, we are coming to you now to update you on our status post-Ike. a) As you may know, all of our standard Y-DNA and mtDNA tests are processed at the lab in Arizona, and therefore, this processing has not been affected at all. b) Also, as we advised previously, we have taken appropriate measures to safeguard and protect the data and our servers and therefore all computer systems are in place and functioning normally. You may have noticed that our [more...]

Date: 2008-09-15 05:17:00

The HPD crime lab backlog – Off the Kuff

County officials are developing cost estimates for an interim DNA lab to do the testing for the county and city, and have proposed a vacant 20,000-square-foot lab in the Medical Center. The testing could begin in six months at an estimated cost of $20 million a year. Where’s Harris County going to find the money to pay for that? You can blame the city of Houston for this if you’d like, but the same question applies. Right now, at every level of government, we don’t have the money to pay for the things we want. It’s easy to talk about cuts, but stuff like this is the consequence. Until [more...]

Date: 2010-10-02 11:59:11

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Family Tree DNA Questions ...

Founded in April 2000, Family Tree DNA was the first company to develop the commercial application of DNA testing for genealogical purposes that had previously been available only for academic and scientific research. Today - with over 300,000 individual records in its Y-DNA and mtDNA databases - and a state-of-the-art Genomics Research Center in Houston, Texas, Family Tree is the prime source for anyone researching recent and distant family [more...]

Date: 2010-09-01 14:48:52

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Date: 2010-10-11 07:03:31

Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog: FamilyTreeDNA ...

Family Tree DNA is the prime source for anyone researching recent and distant ties. Founded in April 2000, Family Tree DNA was the first company to develop the commercial application of DNA testing for genealogical purposes that had previously been available only for academic and scientific research. The company has more than 300,000 individual records in its Y-DNA and mtDNA databases - and a state-of-the-art Genomics Research Center in Houston, [more...]

Date: 2010-09-01 13:41:00

Date: 2010-09-06 18:05:00

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Family Tree DNA Announces ...

The following announcement was written by Family Tree DNA: HOUSTON, (August 11, 2010) -- Family Tree DNA, the world leader in genetic genealogy, will host its 6th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy on October 30-31, 2010, at the Sheraton North Houston in Houston, Texas.  Each year, world renowned experts in genetics and science present cutting-edge developments and exciting new applications at this two-day educational forum which draws attendees from Family Tree DNA's Group Administrators from around the world.  This year's conference will focus on the new Family Finder test [more...]

Date: 2010-08-11 23:29:44

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Family Tree DNA Launches ...

Houston, TX – February 16, 2010 - Family Tree DNA, the pioneer and largest DNA testing company for genealogy purposes, is launching today their newest test – named Family Finder – which will allow connecting with family members across all ancestral lines. “This is the most exciting genetic genealogy breakthrough since the company launched its Y-DNA test, which uncovers relatives in the direct paternal line”, says Bennett Greenspan, founder and CEO of Family Tree DNA. Initially available to current Family Tree DNA members, Family Finder will be offered to the general public in [more...]

Date: 2010-02-17 01:32:09

Dr. Renate Bodden, N.D. Announces Wingspan Wellness Retreats on ...

Maureen will be celebrating the grand opening of her new store by offering free delivery to the customer's door within a 20 mile radius. The Houston affiliate will continue to offer services at the original location bringing the total furniture .... Cancer Diagnostic Testing World Markets. Cancer Therapeutics Markets. Companion Diagnostics in Personalized Medicine and Cancer Therapy. Cytology and HPV Testing World Markets. Genetics Bundle: Bioinformatics Markets. DNA [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 00:00:03

FamilyTreeDNA: 6th International Conference 30-31 Oct Houston

HOUSTON, (August 11, 2010) -- Family Tree DNA, the world leader in genetic genealogy, will host its 6th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy on October 30-31, 2010, at the Sheraton North Houston in Houston, Texas. Each year, world renowned experts in genetics and science present cutting-edge developments and exciting new applications at this two-day educational forum which draws attendees from Family Tree DNA's Group Administrators from around the world. This year's conference will focus on the new Family Finder test which allows customers to find relatives across all ancestral [more...]

Date: 2010-08-11 23:17:00

Defender Network » Blog Archive » Houston police lab's backlogs ...

Harris County officials are estimating the cost of expanding a proposed 20,000-square-foot interim DNA lab to be operated by the forensic sciences facility, with the space and staff to do testing for both county and city. “The city is committed to an independent crime lab in whatever form that takes,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “We would like to strike a partnership with the county and are still working toward that goal. The current timeline is for a decision to be made by the end of the year.” Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland declined comment. “When HPD has been requested by [more...]

Date: 2010-09-30 12:23:36

AZ Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted

I think someone's been trying to prevent people from browsing the site for some reason, so be sure to read carefully if you get in. We may not be here tomorrow. Saturday, October 2, 11am AZ Capitol Lawn Join our fight to "free the innocent" and to restore fair justice in Arizona! These Arizona cases involve overzealous law enforcement and prosecution resulting in wrongful convictions when Constitutional Rights are violated. The dire economic consequences of draconian mandatory minimum sentencing that puts non-violent, first offenders in prison for decades can no longer be ignored. Taxpayers [more...]

Date: 2010-09-22 04:21:00

Innocence Blog: DNA testing proves Houston man's innocence

Posted: October 3, 2007 5:02 pm DNA testing has proven that Innocence Project client Ronnie Taylor has been in prison for 12 years for a rape he did not commit. The DNA results also implicate another man, who is already in prison. Taylor is still in prison and the Innocence Project will work with the Harris County District Attorney’s office to secure his release as soon as possible. Taylor’s wrongful conviction highlights the history of scandal at the Houston Police Department Crime Lab, which came under fire in 2002 after reports raised questions about the quality of DNA testing at the [more...]

Date: 2007-10-03 22:02:00

Home Paternity Tests Now Being Sold on the Market

In many family law cases involving child support, adoption, child custody and visitation, and inheritance, there's a need to legally establish paternity. A paternity test establishes who the biological father is through DNA testing. Texas family law attorneys will often get involved in a case where there's a paternity dispute, but now there's a new home paternity test called Identigene that makes DNA testing easier than ever, because it's sold over the counter at drug stores and pharmacies. DNATesting.com states that with Identigene, a DNA sample is collected from each paternity test [more...]

Date: 2010-06-18 17:02:11

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Most people form first impressions of a stranger by looking at his T-shirt, unless they've stolen a skin kernel for DNA testing. Let the shirt you wear send a marvelous message with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of [more...]

Date: 2009-12-17 08:00:00

Date: 2010-08-23 16:49:46

DNA: African tribal migration patterns - MyHeritage.com ...

DNA: African tribal migration patterns FamilyTreeDNA.com is now cooperating with the Center for African American Genealogy Research (CAAGRI) and the Public Records and Archives Administration of Ghana (PRAAD) by testing several hundred members of the Nzema, Ga, Fante, Ewe and Asante tribes. The results of the DNA tests will be part of a genealogy workshop to be held Friday, October 30 in Accra, Ghana. Led by CAAGRI director Paula Royster, the workshop is aimed at highlighting the importance of recording oral traditions by showing people how to record it. The program will include the use of [more...]

Date: 2009-10-29 10:44:00

Lab Offers Free DNA Testing for Skinner — Hank Skinner | The Texas ...

Chromosal Laboratories, a DNA testing lab in Phoenix, Ariz., has told Gov. Rick Perry that it will test evidence in the Hank Skinner case for free and within 30 days if he grants a reprieve of the convicted murderer's March 24 execution date. Skinner was convicted in 1995 of murdering his girlfriend and her two sons in the small West Texas town of Pampa. He has professed his innocence, though, and Skinner argues that DNA testing on a rape kit, knives, a man's windbreaker and other materials from the crime scene could prove someone else was the killer. For a decade, Texas courts have denied [more...]

Date: 2010-03-18 20:26:29

The Genetic Genealogist | Family Tree DNA Reaches 500000 DNA ...

HOUSTON, February 9, 2009 (For Immediate Release) – Family Tree DNA (http://www.familytreedna.com), the world leader in genetic genealogy, announced today that it received its 500,000th DNA test order for genealogy and anthropology purposes. This number of historic significance includes Family Tree DNA’s own customers as well as the public participation samples in National Geographic and IBM‘s Genographic Project (www.nationalgeographic.com/genographic), which are also processed by Family Tree DNA. Founded in April 2000, Family Tree DNA was the first company to develop the [more...]

Date: 2009-02-13 00:51:59

- “Paternity Testing”

Understanding Paternity Testing in Texas - Paternity - The Houston … By Laura Fishman Paternity testing is the procedure that is done to legally establish who the father of a child is. It's… - Paternity. The Houston Family Law Blog - http://houstonfamilyattorneysblog.com/ Paternity Testing Services You Can Trust | theunderlay.com By admin I think that these people should be more open to the effective paternity testing services and other scientific ways of proving the paternity of the child. In the paternity testing, people can determine who the child's father is. … [more...]

Date: 2010-04-01 17:59:10

Date: 2010-08-25 04:12:31

Texas Moratorium Network: Upcoming Important Dates Regarding the ...

October 13 -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in case of Hank Skinner to determine if he may seek testing of DNA evidence through a civil rights lawsuit. Skinner is on death row in Texas. If he is not allowed to test the DNA evidence, then Texas may execute an innocent person. October 14 -- Judge Charlie Baird to re-convene a Court of Inquiry at 1:30 PM in case of Cameron Todd Willingham to determine if Texas wrongfully convicted and executed an innocent person. Meet outside the entrance to the Travis County Courthouse in Austin at noon to join people gathering to support [more...]

Date: 2010-10-11 01:20:00

Innocence Blog: DNA Points to Texas Man's Innocence

After spending almost three decades in prison for a rape DNA shows he did not commit, Michael Anthony Green is expected to be released soon in Harris County, Houston, TX.  He has served more time in prison than any other Texan to be cleared through DNA testing. Green was arrested in 1983 and sentenced to 75 years in prison for rape as a result of an eyewitness misidentification. According to court papers, Green wasn’t identified by the victim the first time she saw him. After she reported the crime, police rounded up several African-American men in the area; the victim had about ten [more...]

Date: 2010-07-29 22:39:00

Sorenson moves DNA testing division to Utah

Sorenson Genomics said Monday that it plans to relocate its subsidiary DNA testing division from Houston to the company’s recently expanded genetics laboratory in Salt Lake City. The consolidation move is designed to help keep pace with the growing demand for DNA testing, the Salt Lake-based genetics company said in a news release. The Identigene laboratory in Houston will be closed, and about 25 percent of Identigene’s 40-person Texas work force will be employed at the Salt Lake laboratory, said Sorenson Genomics chief operating officer Douglas Fogg. The remaining employees will receive [more...]

Date: 2010-05-29 11:27:01

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Date: 2010-05-14 21:06:03

Technology Review: A Genetic Christmas Story

Some people may have received an unusual gift this holiday season: an ancestry testing kit that uses a small swab of DNA to shed light on near and ancient family history. It sounds, at first, like a novelty item. But the kit may provide long-term assistance to scientists who are hoping to track the history of the human race. In one project, spearheaded by National Geographic Society and IBM, participants buy a kit for $99.95, scrape some skin cells from the inside of their cheek, and send the samples in for analysis. Once the DNA is processed, participants learn their haplogroup -- the [more...]

Date: 2005-12-27 00:00:00

How Jets' Cromartie fathered nine kids with eight women over six ...

Cromartie acknowledged paternity only after a DNA test confirmed it, Pierre said. Gardner offered to pay for an abortion, saying, "We just had one done for him" with another girl. Pierre refused. He didn't visit Pierre and his first child in the hospital, but Gardner came with Cromartie's "sister," a woman who was actually his girlfriend. Pierre, then 18, bought baby supplies herself, she said. Cromartie agreed to contribute $50 a week, records show. While Pierre worked two jobs, Gardner watched the baby. "Everyone was more concerned about his football career. His mom did everything for [more...]

Date: 2010-10-10 15:03:10

Kazakhs Striving to Prove Genghis Khan Descent -- Signs of the ...

Arman Ahmuhanov, a 39-year-old horse trader from Almaty, recently sent a sample to FamilytreeDNA, a company in Houston, after being encouraged to do so by Chingizids' author Gizat Tabuldin. "He said 'If you want to be respected, and you want to know that you are really chingizid , then you have to have real proof,'" said Mr Amerkulov. Genghis Khan's conquest of a vast swathe of Eurasia has made his name synonymous with destruction and brutality in Europe and the Middle East, but in Kazakhstan and Mongolia he is a hero. Since Kazakhstan's independence in 1991, the [more...]

Date: 2010-10-04 17:39:11

DNA Testing

There are many companies that do DNA testing. They prices vary. Father's for Equal Rights Houston, TX Gotta Know Testing Service 3402 Dowling Street #109 Houston, TX 77004 713-795-9955 gottaknowtestingservice.relabilitymall.com Also provides blodd pregnancy testing, urine pregnancy testing, TB testing, urine drug screening, HIV/STD testing. Identigene www.identigene.com 1-800-DNA-TYPE 7400 Fannin #1250 Houston, Texas 77054 DNA Diagnostice Center 1-800-DNA-CENTER 1-800-362-2368 DNA Parentage testing is the most reliable and powerful method for proving or disproving parentage. It is a very [more...]

Date: 2007-03-18 00:27:00

Date: 2010-08-25 11:15:32

DNA clears Houston man 27 years after conviction

District Attorney Pat Lykos said the office has identified all four men suspected in the crime, including the three believed to have sexually assaulted the victim. Three of the men have been convicted of other crimes and spent time in prison. Two are still behind bars, prosecutors said. Because the statute of limitations elapsed, none of the men can be prosecuted for the crime, according to Lykos. The prosecutor assigned to the case, Assistant District Attorney Alicia O'Neal, said the victim was aware of the development but declined to comment. Records show Green appealed his case [more...]

Date: 2010-07-30 16:10:00

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