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Crime scene investigation requires collection and analysis of biological evidence for DNA genotyping. Blood, sperm, and epithelial evidence left behind by perpetrators can help investigators acquire a genetic profile of the person who committed the crime.

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Webinar: Forensic Comparison of Glass

A live webinar hosted by the National Institute of Justice, entitled "μ-XRF of glass: A practical explanation of ASTM E2926," will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 12-2 p.m. CST.

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Webinar: Modeling the DNA Lab Process

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is presenting a live webinar on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 1-2 p.m. CST titled, "Development of a Dynamic Model of the DNA Laboratory Process."

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Save the Date: 2017 NIJ R&D Symposium

On February 14, 2017, the National Institute of Justice will present the Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting, which is free and open, provides an opportunity for attendees to learn about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas.

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Measuring Mechanical Properties of Evidence

NIST researchers are working to precisely measure the mechanical properties — how an object feels — of evidence. Specifically, they aim to demonstrate quantitative methods for measuring — nondestructively and at the nanometer size scale — the mechanical properties of four types of evidence: hair, documents, fingerprints and explosives.

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ISHI Conference 2016: Wrap-up

We shared in laughter and tears. We tempered our scientific pursuit of the truth with the story of an unimaginably strong survivor of rape. We witnessed the struggles of a man trying to find his identity and the joy of being reunited with real family members after 30 years of lies. I find it hard to succinctly describe to others what my first ISHI conference was like.

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Item of Interest

The language barrier between English-speaking investigators and Spanish-speaking witnesses is a growing problem. (Updated 28 February 2011)

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