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STACS DNA delivers the only sample tracking and lab management software designed specifically for forensic DNA labs. Since 2000, we've helped DNA database and casework labs dramatically increase capacity, prevent errors, cut costs, improve data quality and meet accreditation standards, without hiring additional staff.  The FBI , RCMP , U.S. Army and DNA labs of all sizes rely on STACS DNA. 
Why are we called STACS DNA?
"Sample Tracking and Control Software" for DNA Labs" ... 
What we do is in our name!

December 2016


From all of us at STACS DNA to all of you, we wish you and yours all the best of the season.


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American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
February 13-18
New Orleans, LA
In the News - North America
A state task force said Arizona has thousands more untested rape kits than originally thought, a problem that advocates fear could undermine efforts to get victims to come forward while giving serial offenders a "free pass."

Colorado: Man sues after mislabeled DNA leads to mistaken arrest on rape charges
A man claims he was wrongly arrested and held in jail for two months after the lab workers mistakenly attached the wrong labels on containers holding DNA.

Florida: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office getting federal funding for rape kit testing backlog
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office will soon get the help it needs to solve more rape cases.

Indiana: Should police take a DNA sample when making arrests?
The crux of the issue is that both Ohio and Indiana had an opportunity to collect DNA from Wilcoxson, but only one did.

Ohio: DNA testing for nearly 5,000 Cuyahoga County sexual assault kits now completed
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the milestone at a press conference Nov. 16.

Texas: In a national first, HFSC begins blind testing in DNA, latent prints
HFSC "blindly" tests its analysts and systems, assisting with the elimination of bias while also helping to catch issues that might exist in the processes.

Texas: Governor names chair and appoints nine to Texas Forensic Science Commission
The Commission provides oversight over Texas crime laboratories and other entities conducting forensic analyses.

Utah: Yearlong wait for DNA testing results frustrates Utah judge, who threatens to put a crime lab employee in jail
A Utah judge frustrated over a lack of DNA results from the state crime lab said if the results aren't complete by next month, he'll put a crime lab employee behind bars.
In the News - International

Kuwait: Date proposed for new DNA law
Kuwait will implement its new electronic passport and DNA system at airports starting in November 2016.
Articles of Interest
At the end of 2014, 88% of the nation's 409 publicly funded forensic crime laboratories were accredited by a professional forensic science organization, up from previous years.

Familial searching, used in 10 states and counting, solves the unsolvable - via Forensic Magazine
And there are new calls to expand its use.

Debate rages over quality of science in crime labs
More than 100 crime labs and uncounted forensic scientists who worked there have been involved in incidents or controversy.

Forensic graduates require hard science, soft skills - via Forensic Magazine
Many students attempting to enter the forensic field lack the balanced academic background that crime laboratories increasingly demand.