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Forensic labs today face obstacles beyond the routine processing and analysis of casework. Increasing caseloads, backlogs and tightening budgets to name just a few.

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DEA Releases NFLIS Data Tables

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced earlier this month the public release of data tables from the National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS). DEA’s “NFLIS-Drug” data collection has involved systematically collecting drug identification results and associated information from drug cases submitted to and analyzed by participating Federal, State, and local forensic laboratories. These laboratories analyze controlled and noncontrolled substances secured in law enforcement operations across the country.

 

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New Research on Differentiating Fibers

A grant report, "The Analysis of Trace Forensic Evidence Using Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry: Differentiating Fibers," written by Douglas J. Beussman, was recently funded and released by the National Institute of Justice.

 

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Registration Open for 2018 R&D Symposium

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently announced that registration is now open for onsite attendance of the 2018 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium.

 

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New Opioid Webinar - One Lab's Approach

A live webinar at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 will focus on the North Carolina Medical Examiner System and the toxicology laboratory that serves the system. The webinar is presented by the NIJ's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

 

 

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NFSTC to Retire DNA Laboratory Audit Program

As of December 31, 2017, the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) will no longer provide DNA laboratory auditing services. NFSTC has been a provider of DNA audits for 15 years. In a recent release, the organziation stated, "We are grateful for our many friends and customers in the DNA community."

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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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