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DNA-free Consumables for Forensic Sample Storage

A range storage tubes (0.50ml, 0.75ml, 1.10ml and 1.40ml) and capping products is available from Micronic that absolutely secure the long term integrity of DNA samples for forensic analysis.

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Natural Enzymes Conquer Difficult Cleaning Challenges

Zymit Low-Foam is a synergistic dual-enzyme and detergent formula that specifically target and remove protein- and starch-based soils. The enzymes break down dirt, and the detergents gently wash it away. In some cases, Zymit Low-Foam will even deodorize. With a typical pH (neat) of 6.9 to 8.4, Zymit Low-Foam is almost as mild as ordinary water.

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Fully Automated Sample Lysis Solution

New Hamilton Fully Automated Sample Lysis Solution to be Validated by Netherlands Forensic Institute

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Portable light sources, reagents, and latent prints

A new study from the NFSTC looks at "Comparison of Fingermark Detection Using Semiconductor Laser and LED Light Sources with Three Chemical Reagents".

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Groundbreaking for $37.8 Million Lab in Illinois

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was joined by state and local officials on February 10, 2012, to break ground on the $37.8 million State Police Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory in Belleville, Illinois. The laboratory will also serve as a resource for police agencies throughout the region. The project is creating approximately 260 construction jobs and is expected to be completed in 2013.

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Collecting DNA from Juveniles

Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available a final technical report, Collecting DNA from Juveniles, by Julie E. Samuels, Allison M. Dwyer, Robin Halberstadt, and Pamela Lachman.

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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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