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Editorial: First flight

FIVE YEARS: That’s how much time passed—almost exactly—from the time the National Academy of Sciences published their 2009 report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, until the National Commission on Forensic Science had its first meeting.

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Tool Kit: Evidence Packaging

Finding the evidence is just the beginning. These evidence-packaging products are designed with security and chain-of-custody in mind... as well as protecting the evidence from the elements—and the handlers from the evidence.

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The Local DNA Database

Better, Faster... and You Own It

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Rapid DNA Used by Prosecution

Rapid DNA profiles obtained from a stand-alone device are being used in a criminal prosecution for the first time.

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Lifting Latent Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces

ALMOST ANYONE can find, process, and lift a latent print that happens to be in a logical and obvious place like a door handle, a beer can, or a butcher knife. But sometimes, a latent print is not just sitting there in a logical and obvious place. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to find the print and your skills to lift it.

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