Tool Kit: DNA Evidence Collection

Here are a few items to help with the collection of forensic DNA evidence.

The Siemens Tissue Preparation Solution is a fully automated solution for the extraction of nucleic acids from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue and Fresh Frozen tissue. The Tissue Preparation System and the VERSANT Tissue Preparation Reagents kit combine to enable the co-extraction of DNA and RNA from a single extraction process. Up to 48 samples can be processed in about 4 hours. www.healthcare.siemens.com

 

The M-Vac System is a wet-vacuum collection device that excels at helping investigators collect saliva, blood, or seminal fluids from a variety of surfaces such as fabrics, rocks, and walls by combining a sterile spray with vacuum pressure. The M-Vac is especially effective on porous surfaces and in touch-DNA scenarios. The technique has been shown to surpass swabbing by as much as 100x. www.m-vac.com

 

The Bode SecurSwab 2 is a DNA collection system that integrates the collection, labeling, protection, preservation, transportation, processing and storage of DNA evidence. The new design dries collected samples more than 5-times faster. The faster drying and protected sample results in more than a 2.5-times higher DNA recovery than other systems. Contact Bode Technology to request a free sample. www.bodetech.com

 

 
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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Most forensic disciplines attempt to determine the “who” of a crime. But bloodstain pattern analysis focuses on the “what happened” part of a crime. This book is the third edition of Blood-stain Pattern Analysis. The authors explore the topic in depth, explaining what it is, how it is used, and the practical methodologies that are employed to achieve defensible results. It offers practical, common-sense advice and tips for both novices and professionals. www.crcpress.com

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