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Webinar: Development of a Probe Capture NGS System for Forensics

Registration is open for a free, two-hour webinar that will explain the development of a probe capture NGS system for analyzing complex and low-level mixtures, highly degraded, and limited DNA samples.

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Call for Abstracts: NIST's 2017 Forensic Science Error Management Symposium

 NIST and the FBI invite you to the second International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management, where speakers, panels, posters, and workshops will address ways to detect, measure, and mitigate forensic science errors. This symposium promises an eye-opening, candid appraisal of root causes and possible solutions while providing a forum for open dialog about this sensitive topic.

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New Paper on Trace Metal Analysis

Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available the following final technical report, "Trace Metal Analysis by Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry and X-Ray K-Edge Densitometry of Forensic Samples," written by Jonna Elizabeth Berry.

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SWGDAM Releases Recommendations for DNA Processing of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

The Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) recently posted its "Recommendations for the Efficient DNA Processing of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits" (December 5, 2016).

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Vehicle Forensics Research Presented at 2017 AAFS Meeting

John Sammons, associate professor and director of the Marshall University digital forensics and information assurance program, is conducting vehicle forensics research that could enhance capabilities for law enforcement in the U.S.

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NIJ R&D Webinar Now Available On-Demand

In January 2017, the National Institute of Justice hosted a webinar that provided details and guidance for potential applicants to the NIJ's Forensic Science Research and Development for Criminal Justice Purposes Program. The full video, transcript, and slides from that presentation are now available on-demand from the NIJ 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.

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