Tag: DNA profiling

Environment: Federal scientists say they’ve found a way to detect invasive mussels in their larval stage

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Zebra (left) and quagga mussels are spreading in lakes and reservoirs, with the potential for huge impacts to aquatic ecosystems, hydropower facilities and water delivery systems.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Federal scientists said they’ve developed ways to detect invasive quagga and zebra mussels while they’re still in the larval stage. That could help resource managers beef up protective measures before the mussels establish themselves in reservoirs and lakes.

“Early detection of mussel larvae does not mean that the water body will necessarily become infested,” said Curt Brown, director of research and development for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. “Early detection provides a warning for managers that a water body is being exposed to mussels through some pathway, so they can consider additional means to prevent further introduction.” Continue reading “Environment: Federal scientists say they’ve found a way to detect invasive mussels in their larval stage”

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All Colorado felony suspects to be swabbed for DNA

DNA sampling will be a standard part of felony arrests in Colorado starting Oct. 1.

New state law mandates collection of DNA samples

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado law enforcement officials will start swabbing every felony suspect for DNA samples under a new state law that took effect. Oct. 1.

Law enforcement officials hope the DNA sampling  will help prevent  violent crime and assist in solving a number of unsolved crimes in the state. DNA analysis has also been used numerous times in the exoneration of innocent individuals charged with or convicted of crimes.

The law mandates that the “arresting law enforcement agency shall collect the biological substance sample from the arrested person as part of the booking process.” Continue reading “All Colorado felony suspects to be swabbed for DNA”