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Webinar: Stable Isotope Analysis in a Humanitarian Context

Stable isotope analysis is an analytical tool for establishing the geographic origin and life history of unidentified individuals from forensic and humanitarian contexts. In a March 12, 2019 webinar presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, speaker Elena Kranioti will explain how in cases where comparison with missing persons reports and DNA is not feasible — or even possible because geographic origins are unknown — the use of stable isotope analysis is a viable option for determining provenance and has been used successfully in a number of forensic cases to determine regional origins.

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ISHI: Elevating Forensics for 30 Years

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DNA typing was in its infancy, RFLP was state of the art and the world-wide web was years in the future when the first International Symposium on Human Identification was held in 1989. Thirty years later both forensic science and ISHI have progressed in ways that would have seemed unlikely three decades ago.

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NIJ Seeks Research on Drugs and Crime

The National Institute of Justice recently posted a new solicitation for research focusing on criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community surveillance relevant to narcotics law enforcement, forensic science, and/or medicolegal death investigation.

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Budget-Saving Flexibility in DNA Analysis

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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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Fentanyl Analog Screening Kits Offered Free to Qualified Labs in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has contracted Cayman Chemical to manufacture and distribute the Fentanyl Analog Screening (FAS) Kit to qualified labs. This kit is part of a CDC initiative to develop Traceable Opioid Material Kits to support laboratory detection of current and emerging opioids in the United States.

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Webinar: Digital Forensics for the Lab Manager

A webinar on January 31, 2019, "Digital Forensics: An Overview for the Laboratory Manager", will provide an overview of the field of digital forensics for the laboratory administrator. Presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (a program of the National Institute of Justice), the webinar is part of the ASCLD Train the Director Webinar Series.

 

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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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