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Video: Randox Toxicology

-Sponsored- Randox Toxicology innovative Biochip Array Technology offers multiplex, multi matrice testing which has created a number of advancements in the Forensic Toxicology Field. With our unique tests for New Psychoactive Substances Randox Toxicology have became the market leader due to our pioneering research and development programme.

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Video: UC Davis Forensics Program & the M-Vac System

-Sponsored- Chris Hopkins, Director of the UC Davis Forensic Science Graduate program and 25-year FBI agent, discusses the value of the M-Vac in collecting DNA evidence.

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Elder Abuse Forensic Centers Show Promise

Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of the Elder Abuse Forensic Center Model, the result of an NIJ-funded project, is available to review online.

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Dyes at the Molecular Level Help ID Fibers

Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available the following final technical report (this report is the result of an NIJ-funded project but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice): Validation of Forensic Characterization and Chemical Identification of Dyes Extracted from Millimeter-length Fibers (pdf, 142 pages)

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Update on the National Commission on Forensic Science

The Department of Justice established the National Commission on Forensic Science in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to enhance the practice and improve the reliability of forensic science. Learn about the Commission in this online presentation by John Butler from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Funding for Backlogged Sexual Assault Kits

This month, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, announced that it will provide up to $41 million in 2015 to help communities accelerate testing of the estimated 400,000 sexual assault kits that have been backlogged in law enforcement storage rooms and crime labs across the country. In addition, President Obama included an additional $41 million to continue the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) in his FY 2016 Budget, along with $20 million for research under the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice.

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Lifting Latent Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces

ALMOST ANYONE can find, process, and lift a latent print that happens to be in a logical and obvious place like a door handle, a beer can, or a butcher knife. But sometimes, a latent print is not just sitting there in a logical and obvious place. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to find the print and your skills to lift it.

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