In Cleveland, Ohio, a serial rapist and murderer was convicted of crimes last year that will keep him in prison for the rest of his life. His case made the headlines because his neighbor was Ariel Castro, the man who kept three young women hostage as sex slaves for years. Following Castro’s high-profile arrest, investigators began re-examining Cleveland’s cold cases and processing their backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits, known as “rape kits.” One such rape kit, collected in 1993 but not tested until 2013, helped the FBI link Castro’s neighbor, Elias Acevedo Sr., to two murders and multiple rapes.
Dr. J. Thomas McClintock, a professor of biology in Liberty University’s Department of Biology & Chemistry, was recently named among the top 15 DNA analysis professors in the country by ForensicsColleges.com, a leading website on forensics programs across the nation.
Free online webinar
In a 30 year career in forensic science, Dr. Christopher Maguire has been involved in the investigation of a number of national and international mass fatality incidents.
This presentation will look at the organization of an incident response, the forensic techniques used to support human identification, the concept of an identification team and the management of an international incident. The presentation will be illustrated with examples from Dr. Maguire’s experience.
Forensic DNA laboratories rely on reagent and plastics manufacturers to supply high-quality products with minimal interference from contaminating DNA. With the increasing sensitivity of short tandem repeat (STR) amplification systems, levels of DNA that were previously undetected may now generate partial profiles. To address the concern of laboratories regarding the potential of low-level DNA contamination in consumables, ISO/CD 18385 has been drafted describing guidelines for minimizing the risk of human DNA contamination events during the manufacturing process. The draft also proposes pass/fail parameters for Forensic Grade certification. This webinar will discuss studies to evaluate the proposed parameters including:
•Sensitivity difference between qPCR and STR analyses
•The suitability of qPCR and STR analyses for testing different product types
•Effectiveness of ethylene oxide treatment
Date: November 14, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM Eastern
9:00 AM Central
7:00 AM Pacific
Duration: 60 minutes
Click here to Register!
Date: October 24, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. CST
Title: An Overview of the Global PPY23-YHRD Database Project and the Impact on the Forensics Workflow
Speaker: Prof. Lutz Roewer, PhD
Organization: Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences,
Department of Forensic Genetics, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Register for this webinar here.
Bio: Lutz Roewer received his PhD in molecular biology in 1990 and holds a full professorship for forensic genetics since 2008 at the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. Currently he is head of the Department of Forensic Genetics at the Charité. Lutz was awarded the scientific price of the DGRM (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Rechtsmedizin) in 1990 and 1998 and the scientific prize of the ISFG (International Society of Forensic Genetics) in 1999 for the development of the Y-STR haplotyping method. LR is founder and curator of the YHRD. His major research interest is the molecular and population genetics of the Y chromosome with regard to its forensic application. Another research line is the evolution and demography of indigenous populations in South and North America. He was a member of field expeditions in Argentina, Taiwan and Ecuador.
In this webinar, Dr. Lutz Roewer will discuss the results from a large collaborative project initiated in September 2012 to collect, analyze, database and publish population data of 23 Y-STR locus haplotypes (PowerPlex® Y23 System which was released in August 2012).
As many as 18,863 haplotypes from 127 populations were gathered within the 8 months of the collection phase of the project. Allele and haplotype frequencies as well as diversities were calculated per country, ethnic group and continent. Data regarding the discrimination indices for AmpFLSTR® Yfiler® PCR Amplification Kit and PowerPlex® Y23 System profiles will be shared. The creation of a large global reference database for the PowerPlex® Y23 haplotype format assists forensic labs with the implementation of high-resolution Y chromosome diagnostics in their workflow.
SALT LAKE CITY –(Business Wire)–
Sorenson Forensics today announced that as part of an unprecedented public-private partnership, three forensic scientists from Zambia have travelled to its Utah-based lab for six weeks of intensive, hands-on training, marking the first step in launching the African country’s first-ever forensic DNA lab
The largest conference on DNA analysis for human identification, the 24th International Symposium on Human Identification provides an opportunity for DNA analysts, members of law enforcement and other DNA industry professionals to learn about emerging forensic DNA techniques from experts in the field. The symposium will be held October 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency, 235 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia.
GeneMarker HID is expert system human identity software which provides a documented analysis time reduction of up to 40%. The program contains a streamlined analysis workflow to determine STR profiles and linked database search capabilities, kinship, paternity and mixture analysis applications. GeneMarker HID is compatible with commonly used human identification chemistries, major capillary electrophoresis and rapid forensic DNA instruments.
For those of you who missed our free webinar, download a pdf of the presentation slides.
You are cordially invited to attend an overview of the GeneMarker® HID human identity software to learn how you can save hours of analysis time!
In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the GeneMarker HID software—an expert system which provides a documented analysis time reduction of up to 40%.
Date: July 24, 2013
Time: 08:00 PDT/10:00 CDT/11:00 EDT 17:00 CEST
Duration: 60 minutes
All Promega webinars are free, though we do ask you to register.
Plan to attend ISHI 24 this October. You’ll find more workshops; more posters and more information to advance your career.
Early registration is $645 through August 1st, a $100 savings off the standard price of $745. Registration fees include the scientific program, Welcome Reception, continental breakfasts, lunches and diner event.
Share your research. Poster abstracts are accepted until August 1st.
Visit ishinews.com for more information on the program, the scientific workshops and the abstract submission process.
You are cordially invited to attend our webinar on the PowerPlex® ESI and ESX Fast Systems. The webinar is being hosted by Forensic Magazine.
In this presentation, we will provide an overview of these systems as well as a summary of preliminary developmental validation data on overall performance. In addition, results of side by side comparison studies to the standard PowerPlex® ESI and ESX Systems indicate that performance of the Fast versions are comparable to the standard PowerPlex® ESI and ESX Systems, demonstrating that the PowerPlex® ESI and ESX Fast Systems can be a valuable solution to the challenges of both casework and databasing laboratories.
The PowerPlex® ESI and ESX Fast Systems offer:
- Cycling time of less than 50 minutes saving hours
- Multiple kit configurations to enable confirmation of results from poor-quality samples
- One kit for casework or databasing samples
- Common loci for simplified data sharing across borders
- Superior inhibitor tolerance and mini-STRs to ensure a high success rate with challenging casework samples
You can register for the session by clicking here!
Join your colleagues at a workshop hosted by Promega on the forensics workflow and the challenges it brings. The half day seminar will feature presentations by leaders in the forensic community, as well as updates on the latest technologies and products from Promega. Learn about the newest tools designed to meet the new CODIS standards, for both casework and databasing efforts, including:
• PowerPlex® Fusion System: Developmental Validation & Implementation
• PowerPlex® Y23 System: Tales from a Casework Laboratory
• Maximizing Success with Challenging Samples
• Mixture Interpretation & Statistics
• DNA Backlog Reduction Strategies
The seminar is free of charge to individuals working in forensics and paternity laboratories. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Space is limited, so be sure to register early!
To learn more or to register, go to http://www.promega.com/fusiontour.
CARSON CITY, Nevada — After clearing the state Legislature on its second try, Brianna’s Law became Nevada law Wednesday with the stroke of a pen.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a free one-day workshop on interpreting forensic DNA mixtures in casework. This workshop was webcast live to maximize participation by forensic DNA analysts.
NIJ and the West Virginia Forensic Science Initiative are pleased to offer free Webinars for legal professionals on a variety of topics in forensic science. Discussions and questions are encouraged for these live presentations given by forensic science experts throughout the United States. Space will be limited.
- Upcoming Webinars include:
Texas Forensic Science Commission: Justice Through Science
May 15, 2013 at 1-2 PM (EST)
- What Prosecutors and Defense Counsel Need to Know About Eyewitnesses
June 11, 2013 at 1:30-3:30 PM ET
Learn more about these Webinars and how to register.