LABORATORY NEWS
R&D Organization Receives Grant to Study New Forensic DNA Tools

A research-and-development non-profit organization, Battelle, has been awarded a federal grant in excess of $800,000 from the National Institute of Justice to conduct feasibility and validation tests on a suite of new investigative tools that use next-generation sequencing (NGS) to unlock new clues from DNA evidence.

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New Tools for Monitoring Laboratories

-Sponsored- Improving safety and operations with IP video surveillance.

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The Latest DNA-Related Technical Reports

Species origin in biological materials, mitochondrial DNA analysis, and identification of biological stains are included in the latest batch of final technical reports available from NIJ via the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

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How Forensic Research and Development Solves Crimes

Just as research and development in medicine is crucial to advancing public health, R&D in forensic science is crucial to improving public safety and the administration of justice. Since 2009, NIJ has awarded more than 250 grants worth more than $100 million for forensic science research. This portfolio has contributed significant changes to the way forensic scientists work by improving the reliability of forensic markers and measurements, validating processes, and increasing efficiencies through the development of technology or the retirement of weak methods.

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Updated Raman spectrometer provides improved analysis of forensic trace evidence

-Sponsored-  A compact Raman workstation for forensic applications, the Foster + Freeman Foram3 provides examiners with the full analytical power of 785nm Raman spectroscopy in an easy-to-use PC operated system.

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Ergonomic Seating for the Lab

-Sponsored- New MVMT Chair Line From BioFit Wins Awards, Revolutionizes Laboratory Seating Experience

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Editorial

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES of writing and editing a magazine is telling a story in a relatively small amount of space. Sometimes it seems like there is never enough room to say everything that needs to be said. I find myself making tough decisions about what parts stay and what parts go.

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