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Looking for training or technical assistance?

Does your agency need crime scene investigation training, forensic consulting, technology assessments or reviews? During these lean economic times, forensic support can help bridge the gap between your agency’s limited resources and your challenging service requirements.


Biological fluid collection device comparison

While DNA analysis may employ high-tech equipment, a decidedly low-tech device is key to efficiently performing this process: a swab. To determine whether some swabs are more efficient at collecting and releasing dried biological fluids than others, NFSTC scientists examined nine different swabs of varying materials/styles to gauge their performance in this application. To review the results of the study, download the Swab Collection Comparison Study now. To view additional reports, visit the NFSTC technology evaluations page.


NFSTC announces DNA Technical Review services

NFSTC now offers technical review services for case work and databasing, as allowed by the FBI QAS for DNA Databasing Laboratories and QAS for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories (9/1/2011), to get your eligible profiles reviewed for faster entry into CODIS. Laboratories can improve turn-around time while keeping analysts working the current case load, improve the chances that a perpetrator can be apprehended before striking again and exonerate falsely accused individuals.


Which portable light source and reagent reveal the most latent prints?

A comparison study of laser and light-emitting diode (LED) light sources funded through the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (operated by NFSTC) has just been released on NFSTC.org. The study used three lasers and an LED light source with three chemical reagents to compare fingermark detection capabilities.


Rapid Biological Screening Workshop presentations now available online

In October, the National Institute of Justice, in conjunction with the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), sponsored the Rapid Biological Screening Workshop. The event brought together a number of forensic experts to discuss methodologies for dramatically improving throughput of biological samples. Presentations and other materials for this unique workshop are now available free online through NFSTC’s Projects Portal.