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States Bolster Cybersecurity Practices

The National Governors Association (NGA) recently announced that five states—Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada and Oregon—will participate in a policy academy on developing and implementing comprehensive cybersecurity strategies.

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Inaugural Gordon Research Conference on Forensic DNA Analysis

The first Gordon Research Conference (GRC) to focus on Forensic Analysis of Human DNA will be held early this summer. The conference, "Advancing Fundamental Technologies from the Crime Lab to the Crime Scene," will take place June 19-24, 2016 in Waterville Valley, NH. Applications to attend must be submitted by May 22, 2016.

 

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Webinar: Basics of Microbiology as applied to Microbial Forensics

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 18 from 1-3 p.m. ET on understanding microbiology as it is applied to microbial forensics.

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Chem Service Inc. provides certified analytical reference standards and chemicals in small quantities for testing purposes. Established in 1962, we pride ourselves in setting the standard for high purity chemicals. Chem Service is accredited to ISO Guide 34:2009, ISO/IEC 17025:2005, and registered and certified to the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System for the design, development, production, and distribution of organic neats, solutions, and mixtures.

 

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First Rapid DNA System Approved for NDIS

The first Rapid DNA analysis system has received National DNA Index System (NDIS) approval from the FBI. Effective March 16, 2016, the approval allows accredited NDIS laboratories to upload DNA samples processed by the NetBio DNAscan Rapid DNA Analysis System and match them against DNA profiles associated with the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) program, without manual interpretation or technical review.

 

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Lean Design in Forensic Facilities

The National Institute of Justice and Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently released a publication that provides guidelines for utilizing the Lean Facility Design process when planning, designing, constructing, and relocating forensic science facilities.

 

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Recovering Latent Fingerprints from Cadavers

IN A HOMICIDE CASE, the recovery of latent impressions from a body is just one more step that should be taken in the process of completing a thorough search. This article is directed at crime-scene technicians and the supervisors who support and direct evidence-recovery operations both in the field and in the controlled settings of the medical examiner’s office or the morgue under the coroner’s direction.

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