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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highlight the features of the OPTIMAX Multi-Lite Forensic Inspection Kit from Spectronics Corporation. This portable kit is designed for crime-scene investigation, gathering evidence, and work in the forensic laboratory. The LEDs provide six single-wavelength light sources, each useful for specific applications, from bodily fluids to fingerprints. The wavelengths are: UV-A (365 nm), blue (450 nm), green (525 nm), amber (590 nm), red (630 nm), and white light (400-700 nm). The cordless flashlight weighs only 15 oz. To learn more, go to: www.spectroline.com