Learn how forensic DNA analysis techniques, including fragment analysis, NGS, and quantitative PCR, are being used by forensic scientists to get more answers from challenging samples to solve more crimes. 

Our library of resources, how-to videos, and webinars are designed to assist with your current daily tasks and enable future capabilities.

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Bite-sized answers to your everyday forensic DNA analysis questions

“Forensic Focus: Back to Bases” is an educational video series that sheds light on a variety of forensic DNA analysis topics ranging from setting thresholds to creating an analysis method. We aim to provide bite-sized answers to the questions you have every day.


Featured videos

How to create a GMIDX Analysis Method—Forensic Focus #1

How to Perform a Reinjection—Forensic Focus #2

Why Are Rapidly Mutating YSTRs Important in Forensic DNA Analysis?—Forensic Focus #3

Using Standard Curve to Estimate DNA Quantity—Forensic Focus #4

Setting Thresholds for Quality STR Results—Forensic Focus #5

Human identification webinars

The webinars below are designed to introduce you to new technologies and applications that are advancing forensic science.

Adapting NGS for forensics is not a paradigm shift

Dr. Bruce Budowle, University of North Texas, USA

Have you been wondering how NGS (or MPS) can contribute to the future of forensic genomics? NGS can be an adjunctive tool to your CE-STR forensic workflow and help provide more investigative leads.

Introducing mitochondrial DNA sequencing by NGS

Dr. Walther Parson, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Performing mtDNA sequencing today with capillary electrophoresis can be challenging and laborious. With NGS, mtDNA sequencing in the forensic DNA lab can be faster, easier, and more informative.

Accelerate your forensic DNA analyses with Ion Torrent NGS automation

Joseph Chang, Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA

Targeted sequencing panels for mtDNA, STRs, ancestry and identity applications can serve as an adjunct to traditional CE-based STR analysis. The Applied Biosystems Precison ID NGS System for human identification provides a seamless workflow for forensic laboratories. With just 15 minutes of hands-on time, the walk-away automation of the Ion Chef System provides forensic scientists with greater flexibility to process challenging forensic specimens.

Policy and legislative considerations for NGS in the forensic DNA laboratory

Lisa Hurst, Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs, USA

Forensic DNA programs continue to experience tremendous growth, and exciting new technologies, such as NGS, are drawing scrutiny from policymakers. Hear about trends in US policy and funding as well as a global perspective on the status of DNA programs globally.

Streamlining sexual assault sample processing

Dr. Alison Holt, Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA

Sexual assault evidence is among the most complex and challenging sample types. Learn more about the Y-screen application using the Applied Biosystems Quantifiler Trio Kit. This kit helps forensic labs make more informed decisions and assessments on sample processing.

Interpreting Y-STR results in challenging casework

Dr. Lutz Roewer, Charité Berlin, Germany and Dr. Franz Neuhuber, Institute of Legal Medicine, Salzburg, Austria

Drs. Roewer and Neuhuber discuss which cases are most appropriate for Y-STR analysis, as well as how to interpret the results and present the data in a court proceeding.

HPS validation of Quantifiler Trio and Globalfiler kits

Joanne B. Sgueglia, Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA

Get an in-depth look at how our HPS team tackles validation projects in forensic DNA laboratories.