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Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

State Bill Would Require DNA Testing For Death Penalty

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democratic Sen. Rodney Ellis want to require that all biological evidence in a murder trial be tested for DNA before a prosecutor can seek the death penalty.

03/19/2013

San Francisco To Convert Dog Waste Into Alternative Energy

Plano Apartment Pooch Poop To Be DNA Tested To Clean Up Yard

Doggie ‘doo’ is apparently enough of a problem in some North Texas apartment complexes that DNA is needed. The Northside at Legacy apartment complex is going to “Poo-prints” to keep their residents’ dogs’ DNA on file.

01/22/2013

Exconeration

Tarrant County Posts Fewer DNA Exonerations Than Dallas County

Tarrant County justice officials are posting fewer DNA exonerations than their counterparts in Dallas County.

09/09/2012

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Company Seeks FDA Approval For Personal DNA Test

A genetic test maker is asking the FDA to approve its personalized DNA test in a move that, if successful, could boost acceptance of technology that is viewed skeptically by leading scientists who question its usefulness.

07/30/2012

A civilian scientist handles processed DNA extractions. (credit: Robert King/Newsmakers/Getty Images)

Man Jailed For Child Support For Baby That Wasn’t His

DNA testing has cleared scores of wrongfully convicted inmates in Texas, hundreds across the nation. Now, it’s helping to clear wrongfully accused dads; and, in a Dallas man’s case, freeing him from jail.

04/12/2012

A civilian scientist handles processed DNA extractions. (credit: Robert King/Newsmakers/Getty Images)

DNA Test Deadline Nears For Texas Dads

DNA testing has helped to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners. Now, it’s helping to release men from having to pay child support for children they don’t believe are theirs. But there is a deadline looming to file.

02/20/2012

A civilian scientist handles processed DNA extractions. (credit: Robert King/Newsmakers/Getty Images)

UNT Scientists Help Close Books On John Wayne Gacy Cold Case

The UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth has cracked a cold-case connected to Chiacgo-area murderer John Wayne Gacy

11/30/2011

A civilian scientist handles processed DNA extractions. (credit: Robert King/Newsmakers/Getty Images)

Texas House Committee Analyzes State’s DNA Testing

A Texas House committee is meeting to scrutinize how state DNA testing is performed and consider certifying additional DNA testing centers.

11/22/2011

Johnny Pinchback (credit: Dallas County Sheriff's Department)

Dallas Man Freed After DNA Evidence Cleared Him

A Dallas man who spent 27 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault is free after being cleared by DNA evidence. Johnny Pinchback is the 22nd person exonerated through DNA testing in Dallas County.

05/12/2011

An armadillo is seen around a golf course. (credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

DNA Tests Link Armadillo To Leprosy

With some genetic sleuthing, scientists have found a likely culprit in the spread of leprosy in the south: the armadillo.

04/28/2011

A civilian scientist handles processed DNA extractions. (credit: Robert King/Newsmakers/Getty Images)

Texas Senate Votes To Strengthen DNA Testing

The Texas Senate has voted to strengthen prison inmates’ access to post-conviction DNA testing.

04/06/2011

Hank Skinner, an ex-con sent to Texas' death row for three murders and spared from execution earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. (credit: AP Photo)

Court Rules For Texas Inmate Who Wants DNA Testing

The Supreme Court has ruled that an inmate in Texas can pursue his claims to crime-scene evidence that he says may show he is innocent.

03/07/2011

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