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Webinar: Utility of Microbes in Forensic Science

January 18, 2021 — An upcoming webinar, presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence on January 20 at 1 p.m. EST, will examine the application of microbiology to several subfields of forensic science.

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NIST Offers Suite of DART-MS Resources

December 15, 2020 — As part of an ongoing effort to help forensic laboratories improve their methods of detecting and identifying synthetic opioids and other drugs, NIST is working to develop a suite of methods, software tools, and resources for DART-MS and other AI-MS techniques.

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Justice Dept Publishes Statement on 2016 PCAST Report

January 13, 2021 — Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice published a statement on the 2016 President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report, titled Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods. The DOJ stated that it disagrees with certain claims made in the report as they relate to forensic pattern examination methods.

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Selecting the Proper Pipette for Maximum Accuracy

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One of the most frequently used tools in a typical laboratory is the air-displacement, or air-cushion pipette. They are convenient, easy-to-use, and in conjunction with single use pipette tips, minimize the chance of cross contamination between samples. But do you know how to select the correct-sized pipette for maximum accuracy? To do so, we need to look a bit at the mechanics of the instrument.

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How the Forensic Science Community Can Support Research

December 14, 2020 — The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) recently offered a couple of ways for those in the forensic science community to assist researchers in their work to learn more and develop technology for the field.

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Forensic Center Up for Funding Renewal

December 14, 2020 — The National Institute of Justice announced last week that it plans to seek proposals to "establish and operate" the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE). The FTCoE has been led by RTI International since the first Cooperative Agreement was awarded in 2011.

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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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