LABORATORY NEWS
Webinar: Prophylactic Care for Sexual Assault

September 14, 2020 — A free webinar on Wednesday, September 16 at 12 pm EST will focus on Prophylactic Management of the Patient Who Discloses Sexual Assault. Presented by the Academy of Forensic Nursing, the webinar is geared toward forensic nurses, advanced practice providers, and emergency department/health-care providers.

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Study Looks at Toner Particles as Forensic Evidence

September 14, 2020 — A study published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences examined printing toners to determine whether they could be a useful form of forensic evidence.

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Report Released from Forum on Opioids and Emerging Drug Threats

August 6, 2020 — In July 2019, the National Institute of Justice and its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted the National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and Practice Forum in Washington, DC. the FTCoE has made a full report on the forum, as well as archived videos of the proceedings, available on its website.

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Webinar: Medications for Sexual-Assault Patients

August 17, 2020 — The Academy of Forensic Nursing will present a webinar on September 16 at 12 pm EST titled "Sexually Transmitted Infections and the Prophylaxis Pharmacology of Sexual Assault Forensic Nursing". The webinar, geared toward forensic nurses, advanced practice providers, and emergency department / health-care providers is available for free.

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Webinar: Effects of DNA Extraction Methods on Recovery, Degradation, and Loss

August 17, 2020 — In a one-hour webinar scheduled for Thursday, August 20, speakers will discuss a study that examined the effects of various extraction methods on DNA recovery, degradation, and loss. The webinar is presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

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Measuring the Sensitivity of COVID Tests

August 10, 2020 — Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have produced synthetic gene fragments from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This material, which is non-infectious and safe to handle, can help manufacturers produce more accurate and reliable diagnostic tests for the disease.

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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.

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