Posts Tagged: forensics

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Celebrating life – it’s DNA Day on April 25!

National DNA Day commemorates the discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953, as well as the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. Looking at the history of DNA timeline, the landmark discovery of James Watson, Francis Crick and colleagues was based on foundations previously laid down by several other scientists. Although Friedrich… Read article →



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Automating your casework extraction process

In the past several years there has clearly been a rise in demand for DNA analysis. With more samples being submitted to forensic laboratories for testing, and advances in technology, automation has become a necessity for crime laboratories, since there is not enough manpower to keep up with the ever-growing caseload. Automation offers a more… Read article →


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Methylation-based age estimation

Identifying individuals at crime or mass disaster scenes can pose numerous problems for the investigators. Age determination can be a very useful tool in aiding to correctly identifying bodies, partial remains or biological fluids found at these types of scenes, by providing investigative leads. Traditional methods used by forensic anthropologists, such as morphological inspections, are… Read article →


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ISO 18385:2016 external certification achieved!

As innovation and technology development in DNA profiling permit increased sensitivity during short tandem repeat (STR) analysis, minute levels of exogenous DNA that were previously undetected may now generate partial profiles. Such contamination can prevent successful analysis and jeopardize the integrity of irreplaceable casework samples. Therefore, ISO 18385:2016 was developed to assure and, where necessary,… Read article →