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.
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.
The webinars below are designed to introduce you to new technologies and applications that are advancing forensic science.
Practical applications of mtDNA analysis in forensics using NGS
Dr. Walther Parson, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria and Daniela Cuenca, M.S., California Department of Justice
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in forensics has played a pivotal role in the analysis of missing persons cases and remains from mass disaster and war, as well as in special casework such as the identification of The Romanov family. In criminal casework, mtDNA offers the chance of obtaining probative DNA results from hairs (with or without roots) deposited at crime scenes.
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.
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.
Forensic DNA testing constantly evolves with new technologies, procedures, and requirements. Properly trained forensic scientists increase productivity, reduce downtime, and contribute to the laboratory's success.
Whether you are validating new technologies and protocols or want to learn basic troubleshooting for specific applications, our integrated human identification training courses will help you achieve your goals.