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Forensic laboratories frequently encounter many challenges, including the processing and analysis of complex samples. Whether from criminal case studies or mass disasters, the biological evidence you collect is often contaminated with substances that can interfere with downstream analysis. Additionally, tight budgets and growing backlogs present a challenge in optimizing lab time to get work done in an economical fashion.

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Determining Fingerprint Age

March 16, 2020 — Researchers with Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa recently published a preliminary study that explores the possibility of linking compounds found in fingerprints with their age.

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Purdue University Creates Cyber Toolkit

March 4, 2020 — Purdue University cybersecurity experts have developed technology that helps law enforcement track down cybercriminals by following their "digital footprint".

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Webinar: More on Marijuana and Hemp Analysis

March 16, 2020 — In January, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence presented a webinar entitled "Marijuana or Hemp: From Farm Bill to Forensic Analysis." Due to "overwhelming attendance and interaction" during that first webinar, the FTCOE are presenting a sequel webinar that promises to offer more information and answer even more direct questions from the forensic community.

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EPA Expands COVID-19 Disinfectant List

March 16, 2020 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing an expanded list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The list contains nearly 200 additional products—including 40 new products that went through the agency’s expedited review process. The agency also made key enhancements to the web-based list to improve its usefulness.

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Funding: Anti-Methamphetamine Program

February 18, 2020 — The COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) is a competitive grant solicitation, open to state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures, in states with high seizures of precursor chemicals, finished methamphetamine, laboratories, and laboratory dump seizures.

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Digital-Image Management at Mass Gravesites

SKELETONIZED REMAINS that were carefully unearthed from the desert sands of Iraq tell their own story: the bones of an adult, still dressed in a woman’s apparel, lie supine. The skull is perforated by a bullet hole. Tucked in the space between the ribs and the left humerus is a much smaller skeleton, bones in the skull un-fused, and the fully clothed body partially swaddled in a blanket.

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