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Processing DNA Samples with RapidHIT

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Arizona Department of Public Safety is First NDIS Lab to Upload DNA Profiles to National Database Utilizing Rapid DNA; IntegenX RapidHIT® system enables DNA identification while a suspect is still in custody

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A Molecular Approach to Estimating Postmortem Interval

A technical report recently made available by NIJ through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, "Estimating Postmortem Interval: A Molecular Approach", written by Clifton P. Bishop, presents evidence that postmortem interval (PMI) may be estimated using a molecular approach that relies upon RNA segments.

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Interagency Report Advocates Support for International Cybersecurity Standardization

A new draft report by an interagency working group lays out objectives and recommendations for enhancing the U.S. government's coordination and participation in the development and use of international standards for cybersecurity. The report recommends the government make greater effort to coordinate the participation of its employees in international cybersecurity standards development to promote the cybersecurity and resiliency of U.S. information and communications systems and supporting infrastructures. These efforts should include increased training, collaborating with private industry and working to minimize risks to privacy.

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Detecting the Organic Constituents of Gunshot Residue

Organic gunshot residue (OGSR) analysis may improve the reliability of determining whether a suspect has discharged a firearm because OGSR materials are less likely to be contaminated by the environment. A new In Brief from NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence examines how ion mobility spectrometry and mass spectrometry can be used to detect OGSR. Portable x-ray fluorescence has promise as a rapid screening method for detecting inorganic constituents.

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DHS Unveils Major Expansion of ICE Cyber Crimes Center

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah R. Saldaña presided over the unveiling of a major expansion of the ICE Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, Va. on July 22, 2015. The expanded center will provide ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with enhanced operational and training capabilities in order to meet the growing cyber mission of the agency and increasing workload of criminal cases with a cyber-nexus.

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2015 IAFN Conference Coming Soon

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The International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice, hosted by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, wil be held October 28-31, 2015 in Orlando, Fla. The purpose of the conference is to put state-of-the-art science into action and create best practices for fornesic nursing around teh world and across the lifespan.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.

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