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New LabElite DeCapper SL Expands Hamilton Storage LabElite Product Family

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Franklin, Massachusetts — January 14, 2019

Hamilton Storage introduces a new member of the LabElite® product family with the launch of the LabElite DeCapper SL. The LabElite DeCapper SL rapidly decaps sample containers to increase sample throughput and improve overall laboratory efficiencies without risks of manually-derived errors and contamination. This compact model is approximately 20% smaller than the well-known LabElite DeCapper, and is easily integrated into hands-free, automated workflows using liquid handling platforms from Hamilton Robotics as well as third party robotic providers. Additionally, the LabElite DeCapper SL is an ideal space-saving, standalone solution for laboratories who prefer walk-up benchtop sample decapping.

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Rapid Processing of Casework Samples Using the Casework Direct Kit, Custom

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The forensic casework DNA typing workflow consists of DNA extraction, DNA quantification, PCR amplification, detection of PCR products and analysis (1). Forensic samples typically require separation of the DNA from a physical substrate, such as a swab, in addition to DNA extraction—cell lysis and release of DNA from the nucleus. Conventional DNA extraction methods purify DNA by isolating it from other cellular components and potential PCR inhibitors. The goal of extraction is to produce high-quality DNA of sufficient yield for use in downstream DNA typing applications (1). One challenge to producing an optimal DNA extract is obtaining adequate human DNA yield and concentration from casework samples that normally contain minimal amounts of DNA.

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GEDmatch Users Must Opt In to Make Profiles Available to Law Enforcement

June 7, 2019
GEDmatch, a DNA database that has been used by law enforcement in a number of high-profile criminal cases for genealogical research, recently changed its policy regarding law enforcement use of the site. The company now requires its users to specifically opt in if they wish to have their information made available for law-enforcement use.

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Forum Addresses Opioids and Emerging Drug Threats

Washington, D.C. – June 19, 2019
The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) will assist the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in hosting the National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and Practice Forum July 18-19, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

 

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Measuring the Effects of Exposure to Disturbing Media

Whitesboro, Texas — June 19, 2019
In addition to a full schedule of training courses for government or private security video professionals, the 2019 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium will include a session that focuses on mental health issues for forensic video analysts. “Disturbing Images: Processing What You Cannot Delete” will discuss the psychological well-being of analysts who are exposed to disturbing media. The 30th annual symposium of the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association International runs Oct. 7-11 in Denver.

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Interview with Bill Linton on History of ISHI
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DNA typing was in its infancy. Random Fragment Length Polymorphism represented the state of the art in forensic science and the world wide web was years in the future when the first International Symposium on Human Identification was held in 1989.
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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.

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