Learn from the experts and thought leaders in forensic science. The webinars below are designed to introduce you to new technologies and applications in rapid DNA, NGS and STR analysis. that are advancing forensic DNA analysis.

Transforming the Forensic DNA Workflow: “In for a penny…in for a pound”

This webinar will detail the major updates made at the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Forensic Science Division. DNA Technical Leader Dave Jackson will describe these changes and discuss the improvement in services to the community that is expected to help solve crimes faster.

You will learn about:

  • Optimization of quantification kits for Y-screen application
  • Validation processes for STR analysis on new instrumentation
  • Improved data analysis and mixture interpretation methods

The Power of Rapid DNA Results

Since the launch of its Rapid DNA program in 2014, the Orange County District Attorney’s office in California has been rapidly solving cases and reducing crime in their community. The OCDA’s office has used Rapid DNA technology from Thermo Fisher Scientific to quickly identify victims and solve over 100 crimes—from commercial burglaries and auto theft to murders. In this webinar, OCDA forensic scientist Anna Dadhania explains how their program works, including case examples and best practices for successful partnerships with local law enforcement and their crime lab to solve crimes faster.

Preparing for rapid DNA in the station: Step 1 Validation

Mark Danus, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Joe Chang, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Rapid DNA frees up time and expertise of DNA analysts for more complex cases and quickly provides actionable information to law enforcement partners. But first – we have got to validate it in the lab. Developmental validation results and considerations for an accredited forensic laboratory to evaluate the performance of the Applied Biosystems RapidHIT ID System will be discussed.

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.

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