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CYP Testing to Help Prevent Dangerous Adverse Drug Reactions

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Selma Eikelenboom-Schieveld wrote a blog for the website Mad in America. It is about CYP testing.

Readers of our website might be aware that antidepressants can cause suicide, other violent behavior and even homicide. These can be side effects or adverse drug reactions from the medication taken. Not only can antidepressants cause these side effects, but basically every psychoactive medication can put patients at risk. Few people may know that there are DNA tests that can identify individuals who might be prone to these adverse drug reactions.

You can read the whole blog here

 

 

 

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The Aaron Hernandez case: IFS gets involved

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Selma and Richard Eikelenboom flew to Boston last week to work on the case of Aaron Hernandez. Biological samples were taken for DNA investigations at the facilities of the forensic laboratory in the headquarters of the Boston police. The lab holds the same ASCLD accreditation as IFS. Touch DNA could play a role in this case. We were welcomed by the DA and helpful lab staff which made the experience very pleasant. After the samples were taken we got updated about the case and studied on a lot of reports.

Once again we are working with Jose Baez and his team like in the Casey Anthony case. To be continued…..

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Post by “the Hanged Juror”: remarks by Richard Eikelenboom

Posted By IFS

Since I am not a native English speaker and writer it is difficult for me to explain what happend to me during the trail of Casey Anthony  and other (high profile) cases. For a Dutch person the American justice system is weird and the fact that DA’s and lawyers are allowed to be extremely rude was alien to me. In the Netherlands you have to show a bit of respect for an expert even you don’t agree with him/her. Truth finding does not seem to bother some DA’s, the only thing that matter to them is winning the case. We worked for a number of police forces and district attorneys so we know it is often not like this. DA Ashton in the Casey Anthony case and Denver DA’s under Mitch Morrissy  should read the blog below. It is written by “the hanged juror”. I can not put it down in words better…

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Richard and Selma Eikelenboom: Importance of innocence projects

Posted By IFS

The amount of cases in which DNA proved that people were convicted innocent is increasing every year. It is clear that innocence projects are of great importance. Of course a number of people claim to be innocent while they are guilty. Innocence projects can sort out wether or not convicted persons should get a new trial because of reasonable doubt about their quilt. Most of the the time there is no or very little money available for good investigations. For this reason IFS helps reviewing cases. If we are convinced that someone could be innocent we will write an Affidavit about possible DNA investigations. Important note: We get a lot of requests for help, but we are not lawyers. There is no way we can perform DNA investigations without consent from a judge. Because of this reason people who claim to be innocent should request help from the innocence projects in the state or country in which they are convicted and incarcerated.

There are several innocence projects which deal with cases in their own state or country. We work with several of them.

In Denver

In Illinois

in the UK

to be continued…

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Selma Eikelenboom-Schieveld: Anti-depressants, violence and Cytochrome P450

Posted By IFS

The relevance of cytochrome P450 polymorphism in forensic medicine and akathisia-related violence and suicideDNA

This article describes three homicides, in which antidepressants and CYP450 were of great importance.

 

 

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DENVER POLICE LAB “DNA ERRORS”

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BAD DIRECTIONS BLAMED FOR DENVER POLICE DNA ERRORS

Comment by RICHARD EIKELENBOOM

The Denver police Laboratory made a number of mistakes in several cases over a period of 2 years.

The Denver Post states:

The mistake happened when the crime lab’s DNA-matching machine “froze” while running a tray of 19 samples in June 2011. An analyst then called the manufacturer, which supplied a map for putting the samples back into the machine in the right sequence. More than two years passed before the crime lab realized the samples were replaced in the wrong order, after the machine froze again this past November. That time, the company gave the analyst a different map, and the samples were returned correctly. The crime lab realized the error because of the discrepancy.”

It is hard to imagine that the machine only made mistakes in 11 cases. Every case handled by this machine should be evaluated by an independent expert.

The fact that it took the lab 2 years to discover this type of error shows that the Denver police lab does not have his quality insurance program in order. If you change something to a machine one should check if it properly works after the revisions. Clearly the Denver lab did not do this otherwise they would have found the mistakes immediately.

I do understand now why the Denver police laboratory does not want us to review their DNA work and that they need the Denver DA’s headed by Mitch Morrissy to discredit me. In the Gebreyohannes case I found that in the negative DNA controls from the Denver lab, DNA was present. The Denver lab dismissed that as a minor issue in their report. I wonder if an accreditation board will see this as a minor problem. I was barred from testifying by the judge for unclear reasons.

Given their problems with the errors, the Denver police lab experts could use their time better than to look for dirt on me, which they won’t find.


 

 

 

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Moses EL released. Denver DA’s got it wrong again

Posted By IFS

Denver man, 60, who spent nearly half his life in prison for a rape he didn’t commit is acquitted after another inmate confesses to the crime.

IFS offered free DNA testing but police threw the evidence away…..

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New IFS website online

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The new IFS website is online. We added the possibility for everyone to share our content on different social media platforms.

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James Holmes – The Batman shooter

Posted By IFS

James Eagan Holmes (born December 13, 1987) is an American convicted on 24 counts of murder and 140 counts of attempted murder for the 2012 Aurora shooting that killed 12 people and injured 70 others at a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2012. He had no known criminal record prior to the shooting. Holmes booby-trapped his apartment with explosives before the shooting, which were defused one day later by a bomb squad.

Holmes was arrested shortly after the shooting and jailed without bail awaiting trial. Following this, he was hospitalized after attempting suicide several times while in jail. Holmes entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, which was accepted. His trial began on April 27, 2015, and on August 24 he was sentenced to 12 consecutive life sentences plus 3,318 years without parole.

IFS investigated his DNA for defects and generated a CYP450 profile where some significant abnormalities were found.

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Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz kept diary that shows his descent into depression

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Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who deliberately crashed his Germanwings flight killing everyone on board, kept a diary that reveals how profoundly disturbed he was in the months leading up to the disaster, it has emerged.

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