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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!

January 2017

DNA Lab Funding for SAK Tracking

Applications Due: March 2, 2017

The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), provides funding through a competitive grant program to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions' approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). The focus of this solicitation is on those "unsubmitted kits" which are defined as SAKs that have not been submitted to a forensic laboratory for testing with CODIS -eligible DNA methodologies.

STACS DNA has solutions to help you meet all the requirements specified in this SAKI grant today. And we can help you meet the application deadline! Contact us here.

STACS-DB  allows you to assign an Instrument Model of 'Any' in your scenarios. This means that you can either restrict the scenario to a specific instrument model or simply link it to an instrument type.

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Assigning an Instrument Model of 'Any' allows your analysts to use any model of that instrument type. For example, if the scenario calls for an Instrument Type of 'Pipetter', then the analyst can use any model of pipetter. If you would like a specific model of pipetter to be used, then you will configure the scenario to require that specific model.

For more information about this or other STACS-DB capabilities contact us here.
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American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
February 13-18
New Orleans, LA
In the News - North America
DNA core loci expanding January 1, 2017
The National DNA Index System, which relies on a core group of 13 loci, or genetic markers, expanded to 20 loci on Jan. 1, 2017.

Idaho: State audit shows nearly half of rape kits not tested
At least 1,116 rape kits were sitting on police station shelves.

Maryland: Salisbury Police 13th in state for untested rape kits
About 3,700 untested rape kits were collected state-wide from 102 police agencies between 1981 and 2016.

New York: Feb. 10 meeting on familial DNA
The state Commission on Forensic Science and its DNA subcommittee will hold a special joint meeting to discuss whether to authorize familial DNA testing in cold case murder investigations.

North Carolina: DNA phenotyping had crucial role in double-murder arrest, conviction
Police say the tool made the difference in this case with a twist.

Tennessee: Even after backlogged rape kits tested, convictions are rare
Of the 7,000 rape kits that have been sent away for testing so far, 3,742 contained some form of DNA evidence.

Vermont: Leahy bill to improve criminal justice system signed into law
Justice for All Reauthorization Act takes steps to "ensure access to post-conviction DNA testing".
In the News - International

Canada: Health Canada sending rape kits to Ontario reserves amid community pressure
Indigenous leaders complain that they lack the resources to properly investigate cases of sexual assault - a widespread problem in indigenous communities.

Germany: New law expanding DNA analysis would help German investigators
What can DNA tell us about what an unknown perpetrator looks like? A whole lot, as explained in this English audio interview with the head of the country's leading forensic organizations.

Israel: First time hair DNA test to confirm date rape drug use
For first time in Israel, Police send hair of victim to Italian lab, hoping to confirm use of drug by man suspected of multiple rapes.

UK: Major new tourist attraction planned to tell the story of Alec Jeffreys, DNA and Pitchfork murders
Tourist attraction to tell the story of forensic science and its role in criminal investigations.

UK: Michael Shirley - first exoneration on the basis of new DNA evidence
This was the first occasion in which an appeal was supported based on newly available DNA evidence.

Articles of Interest
Forensics 2.0: Isotope mapping and DNA sequencing give forensic science a boost
Meet the researchers working to untangle the mystery of a Missouri home filled with bones by bringing cutting-edge technologies into the crime lab. 

2017: Idea whose time has come and gone
NIST lists scientific ideas that they think are on their way in and out in 2017. #1 relates to DNA. 

Demystifying the thoughts of a juror during expert testimony
Jurors' opinions of the forensic evidence presented is most heavily swayed by the expert's experience.