The technology is so reliable it is possible to identify an individual following exhumation decades after burial, and even to go back thousands of years analysing ancient DNA samples. Photograph: iStock

Why are advances in DNA forensics enabling breakthroughs in criminal and missing persons cases – even cold cases going back many years? DNA technolog(...)

Brian Veale (31) of Dominic Street, Cork, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Graham Johnson at Cork Prison, Rathmore Road, in Cork city on May 16th, 2015.

Blood present on the clothing of a man accused of murdering a fellow Cork Prison inmate matched the DNA profile of the deceased, a murder trial jury (...)