Annual DNA Conference Coming to Houston August 2018

The Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators (AFDAA) annual meeting and scientific conference is taking place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel at the Galleria in Houston, Texas, on August 2-3, 2018 with a bonus free half-day DNA Technology Tour workshop presented by Promega.

The conference is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Registration is only $60 for non-members. For more details visit our website at:

AFDAA is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among forensic DNA scientists in order to keep current on the methods, techniques, and procedures presently used in the field of forensic science; to promote the dissemination of information on research and developments of new techniques within the field; the latest legislative issues concerning DNA analysis; network with other DNA crime laboratories and personnel; obtain formal training and attend guest lectures; andshare and troubleshoot forensic DNA data and/or issues.

The membership of our organization involves over 300 forensic DNA professionals in more than 75 agencies and companies across 25 states and international laboratories. Membership is open to students and forensic DNA professionals. Visit our website to learn if you qualify for membership.

Please join us for a relaxed and informative conference on a variety of relevant DNA topics: streamlining sexual assault case processing, sequence variation in genes affecting dopamine turnover and oxytocin in a sample of male inmates, updates on the FBI Quality Assurance Standards and the Rapid DNA program, updates from the Texas Forensic Science Commission, as well as unique topics like the Dogfiler STR kit, MPS of cannabis sativa and degraded skeletal remains, and Bulletproof and MaSTR™ Software for probabilistic genotyping and much more!

Registration closes July 11th, but you can support our mission and wear cool t-shirts anytime! Visit our shop at


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