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An Introduction to the Maxprep Liquid Handler

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As forensic laboratories strive to meet the demands of processing an increasingly larger number of samples, establishing automated workflows can improve efficiency to meet those demands. While the Maxwell® platform addresses the DNA extraction needs of small- to medium-sized laboratories, many laboratories desire higher sample throughput as well as automation of one or more steps in their workflow.

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Two DNA Standards Considered for OSAC Registry

November 12, 2019 — The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science Registry serves as a trusted repository of high-quality, technically sound standards and guidelines for the practice of forensic science. Two DNA standards that were originally drafted by OSAC’s Biological Data Interpretation and Reporting Subcommittee and published as American National Standards by the Academy Standards Board's DNA Consensus Body are currently under consideration for placement on the OSAC Registry.

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AAFS Presents Early Achievement Award

November 12, 2019 — The AAFS Past Presidents Council announced that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Audrey M. Williams, PhD, an Associate Member in the Criminalistics Section.

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IWBF Issues Call for Papers at 2020 Conference

November 18, 2019 — The International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics (IWBF) has issued a call for papers to be presented at its 8th annual event April 29-30, 2020 in Porto, Portugal.

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Webinar: Identification of Gunshot Residues

A webinar on November 20, 2019, presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, will examine the current state of gunshot residue (GSR) detection, and efforts being made to improve current capabilities.

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A Solution to a Hairy Problem in Forensic Science

In an effort to make hair comparison a more useful technique for investigating crimes, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new way to dissolve hair proteins without destroying them. Once in solution, the protein molecules from two hairs can be analyzed and compared, yielding objective, quantitative results.

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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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