First Rapid DNA System Approved for NDIS

The first Rapid DNA analysis system has received National DNA Index System (NDIS) approval from the FBI. Effective March 16, 2016, the approval allows accredited NDIS laboratories to upload DNA samples processed by the NetBio DNAscan Rapid DNA Analysis System and match them against DNA profiles associated with the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) program, without manual interpretation or technical review.


Lean Design in Forensic Facilities

The National Institute of Justice and Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently released a publication that provides guidelines for utilizing the Lean Facility Design process when planning, designing, constructing, and relocating forensic science facilities.


View the Archived Forensic Science R&D Symposium

Archived materials and presentations from the NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium are now available to view online. The symposium was a free, all-day, open meeting where attendees could learn about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas. The symposium was held in conjunction with the 68th Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences Scientific Meeting on February 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Workshop: Stats & Math in Forensic Science

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently announced its next technology transition workshop on Statistics and Applied Mathematics in Forensic Science. The three-day workshop — held May 17-19, 2016 in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina — will be instructed by Dr. Cedric Neumann. Airfare and lodging will be covered for all approved nominees.

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SWGDE Draft Documents for Public Review and Comment

The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) recently announced the posting of six new draft documents for public review and comment on the SWGDE website.

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Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.