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HID spotlights

Discover our vision for forensic DNA analysis 

In this interview, Rosy Lee, Vice President and General Manager of the Human Identification Business at Thermo Fisher Scientific, explains how we aim to partner with forensic scientists to enable analysis of even the most difficult cases with complete confidence—from CE to NGS, and from chemistry and instruments to integrated software solutions.

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You are invited to join Thermo Fisher Scientific during our annual HIDS 2017 Conference in Vienna, Austria at the Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen, May 16–17, 2017.

This is the third year of the HIDS Conference and we expect to again welcome over 300 participants from over 50 countries. Enjoy 25 speakers, and share your needs, directions, and feedback with colleagues from around the world. As in previous years, attendance for HIDS 2017 will be free of charge, so don’t miss out. Save the date now and pass on the invitation to colleagues who you think might be interested.

Find out what we covered at HIDS 2016 ›      

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ISHI 2016

The conference drew 844 attendees from 44 different countries to Minneapolis, Minnesota in September. This year we focused on celebrating your impact on the advancement of human identification. Activities at our booth and beyond included:

  • Seeing how you’ve shaped the evolution of forensics so far
  • Experiencing how we’re answering your need for innovative technologies to help lead the 21st century forensic revolution
  • Attending the “Forensics and the Revolution” event

HIDS Brazil 2016 

HIDS is a global event for the human identification community. From October 25–26, we organized the first HIDS in São Paulo, Brazil, with the presence of the country’s top 91 paternity and forensic experts. During the meeting, there were round-table discussions on DNA database and paternity testing. The experts also visited our São Paulo Customer Experience Center (CEC). HIDS Chile 2016 was then held on November 21–22 in Santiago, Chile, with the participation of more than 30 attendees.

Contact Marina Gomes for LATAM HIDS meetings ›

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Forensic community


Dr. Soizic Le Gunier, Executive Director of Institute Genetics Nantes Atlantique (IGNA), the largest private forensic laboratory in France, discusses how IGNA uses various technologies and how SNP genotyping will have an impact on forensics in the future. 

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Forensic Focus: back to bases

This new educational video series 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. Watch our second video in the series: 

How to perform a reinjection ›

Completing the circle: forensic analysis of the entire mitochondrial genome on Ion Torrent™ MPS platforms

This scientific poster features a study from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) on the increased discrimination power and resolution for detection of whole genome mitochondrial DNA and heteroplasmy for potential mixture interpretation.

Read the poster that was presented at ISHI 2016 ›

Brazilian population study from a group of researchers

The Brazilian population is one of the most admixed in the world, composed mainly of European, African, and Native American ancestries. This Brazilian population study analyzed genetic information from 1,107 unrelated individuals, sampled from five Brazilian macro-regions, with 21 autosomal STR loci, using the Applied Biosystems™ GlobalFiler™ Express PCR Amplification Kit.

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Unraveling the DNA trail of a serial rapist: read the story of Julie Weil, who was victimized in a church parking lot 14 years ago and received justice through DNA evidence 

According to data from the World Bank, women aged 15–44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than they are from other serious threats, including cancer, car accidents, war, or malaria. In the US, for example, a female is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes. And yet only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators ends up in prison. In this article, you’ll learn about the challenges of sexual assault cases, and how DNA evidence is helping bring more perpetrators to justice. While DNA helped Julie find justice, there are thousands of other victims still waiting for the day that their attacker is put behind bars.

Read the story and find out how DNA technology is assisting in solving sexual assault cases ›

How to quickly determine whether two Y-STR profiles are from the same paternal lineage or not

Y chromosome STR loci are used in forensics primarily for identification purposes by determining the male lineages. In some cases when two profiles have one to a few mismatched loci, it may be difficult to determine if they’re from the same lineage. China holds the largest Y-STR database in the world, containing millions of profiles.

Read this article to learn how forensic experts in China answer this question ›

Read this poster for a summary of their guidelines ›

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Read this article to learn how forensic experts in China answer this question ›
Read this article to learn how forensic experts in China answer this question ›

Product spotlights

Today’s forensic laboratories are pushed to continuously achieve more with fewer resources. Sexual assault evidence is among the most complex and challenging of sample types. Conventional serology screening is not only time-consuming and labor-intensive, but it may be missing male DNA that could yield probative STR profiles with highly sensitive next-generation STR kits. 

NGM Detect PCR Amplification Kit

In October, we launched the first 6-dye forensic kit specifically customized for European database requirements. The Applied Biosystems™ NGM Detect™ PCR Amplification Kit is designed to enable forensic analysts to maximize recovery of DNA information from degraded samples, which is essential to producing a profile that can be uploaded into European DNA databases. 

The kit includes a Y-indel for gender confirmation and an internal PCR control, and is designed to have a total amplification time of less than one hour, enabling fast time-to-results and greater confidence in results obtained. 

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VeriFiler Express PCR Amplification Kit

Offering superior genotyping results from single-source samples, the Applied Biosystems™ VeriFiler™ Express PCR Amplification Kit uses our breakthrough 6-dye STR Chemistry™ formulation for paternity and kinship analysis. Including the powerful Penta D and Penta E markers, this solution enables high throughput and efficient processing from sample-to-profile in less than 2 hours. 

Learn more about the features and benefits ›

The redesigned NUCLEIC-CARD Sample Collection Device

Designed for collecting, processing, and archiving buccal samples for forensic database and paternity applications, the NUCLEIC-CARD™

4N6FLOQSwabs Crime Scene devices

oUsing a proprietary flock technology to maximize DNA collection and elution efficiency, the novel design of 4N6FLOQSwabs™ Crime Scene devices

allows for the collection of evidence using a single device that can be split into two equal parts for later analysis or sample-record retention. The prescored breaking point allows for easy separation and breaking of the swab into tubes for faster sample processing. 

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Forensic science events and training


American Academy of Forensic Sciences 
February 13–18, 2017, New Orleans, LA 
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37th Stain Workshop

February 16–18, 2017, Gießen, German 

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2nd Annual Genetics in Forensics Congress 

March 14–15, 2017, London, UK 

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Emirates International Forensic Conference and Exhibition 

April 2–4, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

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Forensics Europe Expo 

May 3–4, 2017, London, UK 

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Human IDentification Solutions (HIDS) 

2017 meeting, May 16–17, 2017, Vienna, Austria 

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ENFSI Annual Meeting 
May 17–19, 2017, Berlin, Germany 
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Jahrestagung 2017 der DGAB 
June 8–10, 2017, Münster, Germany 
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International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) 
August 21–25, 2017, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
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International Society of Forensic Genetics (ISFG) 
August 28–September 2, 2017, Seoul, Korea 
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HID University training courses 
“Future trends in forensic DNA technology” seminar series—get hands-on experience in Richmond, CA, on January 24, 2017. 
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Specialized forensic DNA training courses on request 
Get training on HID casework workflow, Applied Biosystems™ GeneMapper™ ID-X Software, 3500 Series Genetic Analyzers, the Quantifiler Trio DNA Quantification Kit, HID real-time PCR software, and more.

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