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Can the "CSI Effect" Impact Your Department or Lab?

Jul 25, 2016 2:31:01 PM

You've worked your tail off on a criminal case for months and finally it's going to trial. The investigators were brilliant, and the folks in forensics worked by the book. Now all you have to worry about is CSI. No, not the crime scene investigators on your case; the hit TV show on CBS.

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Topics: Forensics

How Improper DNA Evidence Collection Can Compromise Your Case

Jun 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

DNA wasn't always widely accepted as valid evidence in court cases the way it is today. The first decision to uphold the admission of DNA evidence in state appellate court was in 1988; before that, DNA was thought of as too inconclusive. Now courts have determined that DNA identification theory, practice, and techniques are widely accepted among the scientific community and therefore valid as evidence.

But that doesn't mean DNA evidence can't still be discounted in court. 

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Topics: Forensics

Identifying and Preventing DNA Evidence Contamination

Jun 14, 2016 12:00:00 PM

DNA evidence in criminal law cases can be a life-changing tool to secure convictions or exonerate innocent suspects.

As long as the DNA is handled and tested properly, that is. 

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Topics: Forensics

Filtered Air-Breathable DNA Transport Systems vs Swab Boxes

Feb 4, 2016 10:54:18 AM

One of the biggest challenges faced by crime scene investigators is improper transportation and preservation of DNA samples.

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Topics: Forensics

Swabbing for Trace Evidence vs. Swabbing for Blood and Other Fluids

Jan 22, 2016 9:52:43 AM

Swabbing for blood or other fluids and collecting trace evidence are two totally different ball swab games.

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Topics: Forensics

Six Truths About Crime Scene DNA You Won't See on TV

Jan 13, 2016 11:08:56 AM

You've got a suspect in custody, run his DNA, found a match in CODIS, and you're ready to make an arrest. Now you just need a handsome detective in sunglasses to put the squeeze on the guy.

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Topics: Forensics

How Product Customization Really Works: A Case Study For Environmental Sampling Kits

Nov 11, 2015 8:47:48 AM

So you're considering purchasing a customized medical or environmental sampling product and you know what you need to do to get started, but you'd like to know how customization works in the real world before you commit. We understand that (and if you still need more information on how customization works, we recommend reading our previous posts on the subject).

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Topics: Media Transport Systems, Medical, Diagnostic, Forensics, Health and Beauty, Controlled Environments

Lab Kits & Swab Customization: What to Know Before You Buy

Oct 21, 2015 10:18:58 AM

Did you catch our previous post about how to decide whether customization is right for you? If not, we recommend you check out that post before diving into the specifics discussed here. 

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Topics: Media Transport Systems, Medical, Diagnostic, Forensics, Health and Beauty, Controlled Environments

Should You Order Customized Lab Kits and Swabs?

Oct 8, 2015 2:44:16 PM

Many companies find value in product customization, but is it right for yours? Should you customize your lab kits, swabs and other single use medical products? Here’s what you should consider before making your decision on whether to go custom.

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Topics: Media Transport Systems, Diagnostic, Forensics

Three Key Steps to Effective DNA Swab Collection at Crime Scenes

Aug 18, 2015 2:44:00 PM

DNA swabbing has revolutionized crime scene investigation. Now forensic professionals can extract information from even the tiniest of samples of epithelial cells, blood, semen, saliva, urine, bone, and other tissue.

But DNA testing for forensic analysis is only as effective as the sample collection methods. Improper sample collection, transport, and testing can lead to contaminated evidence and potentially invalidated results.

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Topics: Forensics

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