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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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NDIS DNA Profiles Include More Data in 2017

With the start of the new year, forensic labs across the country are realizing a big change in the way they generate DNA profiles, the genetic fingerprints so useful in solving crimes and identifying the remains of missing persons. Forensic experts produce DNA profiles by extracting genetic material from blood or other biological evidence and analyzing sites in the DNA called markers.

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First and Only DNA Analyst Online Training Receives Update

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) has released the only DNA analyst online training with updates to conform to and include the latest FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS), new techniques and technologies. The program is used as the knowledge base for new analysts in the laboratory, and can also be offered as supplement to university course work.

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Microbial Forensics Report

A report released in December 2016 summarizes a three-part webinar series on microbial forensic investigations, as well as the reception of the series by the forensic community.

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OSAC Conference Registration Opens

The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently announced that registration for the 2017 OSAC Conference, coinciding with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, is now open.

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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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