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2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the discovery of DNA's structure and the 30th anniversary of the invention of PCR. Details on upcoming webinars and events, promotions, and more here.

60 years


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Maximizing Data Quality

Article series focused on how to maximize data quality throughout the HID workflow.

  • Part I: The Importance of DNA Extraction in the Forensic DNA Workflow
  • Part II: DNA Quantitation
  • Part III: Maximizing Performance of Forensic STR Amplification Kits
  • Part IV: Maximizing the Performance of Capillary Electrophoresis Systems
  • Tech Note: Considerations for Evaluating Carryover on Applied Biosystems Capillary Electrophoresis Platforms in a HID Laboratory

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A publication focused on human identification, providing the latest news and information on technology advancements, product updates, and forensic case studies.


  What's New
  • GlobalFiler™ - The World’s Most Powerful STR Kits
  • DNA Collection Solutions for Human Identification
  • Enhanced Tools for Y-STR Analysis
  • VeriFiler™ Direct PCR Amplification Kit
  • Ion Torrent™ Semiconductor Sequencing for Forensic Applications
  • Mobile and Web Resources for Human Identification

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  HID in Action
  • Improvement of a non-FTA® Identifiler® Plus Direct-Amplification Methodology With Prep-n-Go™ Buffer
  • Validation of Direct PCR on Bode Buccal DNA Collector™ Punches Using the Prep-n-Go™ Buffer and the AmpFℓSTR® NGM™ PCR Amplification Kit
  • DNA Analysis of Ancient Bone and Tooth Samples by Using PrepFiler® Express BTA Forensic DNA Extraction and AmpFℓSTR® NGM SElect™ PCR Amplification Kits
  • Maximizing the Power of Forensic DNA Databases With Next-Generation STR Technology
  • Using DNA to Fight Property Crime

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  Product Updates
  • GeneMapper® ID-X Software v1.4 Is Now Available
  • Windows® 7 Compatible Versions of 3130/3730/3500 Data Collection Software Are Now Available
  • Shift Your Workflow Into High Gear With Implementation Starter Packages
  • Update Manufacturing Transition for Two Raw Materials in the AmpFℓSTR® PCR Amplification Kit Product Line
  • Veriti® Thermal Cycler for HID Testing
  • Implementing Life Technologies Products in Human Identification Laboratories

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  Technical Focus
  • Direct PCR Amplification of Buccal Samples on the NUCLEIC-CARD™ COLOR With the AmpFℓSTR® Identifiler® Direct PCR Amplification Kit
  • Evaluation of Ambient Shipping Conditions for CE Buffers on Genetic Analyzers in an HID Laboratory
  • Definition of D19S433 in Life Technologies HID STR Products

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