Webinar: Understanding Massively Parallel Sequencing for DNA Analysis

Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is an exciting technology that could enhance the capabilities of forensic DNA analysts. But there are several challenges to implementing a MPS system in a crime laboratory, including training and education on fundamentals of the chemistry, functionality and genetic marker systems; validation criteria and study design; policy and data procedure developments related to CODIS operations; and perceived admissibility and privacy issues. NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence presents a four-part webinar series to address these and other topics.

 A webinar on May 20, 2015, at 1pm EST, Understanding the Basic Technology, will help participants to learn about MPS platforms — the Ion PGM™ and MiSeq™ systems — and their chemistries, including sample and library preparation. Discussion will focus on platform features so forensic scientists can be better informed when making decisions about this new technology.

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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.