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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!

March 2017

Grant for Sexual Assault Kit Tracking & Reporting

STACS DNA has solutions to help you meet grant requirements today. And we can help you meet the application deadlines. Contact us here.
The program will fund governments to implement an evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). From the time an evidence SAK is collected to the time it leaves the laboratory and the case receives final disposition in court, the status and location of the SAK will be known.

Application deadline: May 31, 2017

STACS-DB can add your electronic signature to your various letters produced by STACS-DB.B.

Tell me more!
STACS-DB can import an electronic signature for each user under User Management. 

Once the electronic signature is attached to a user, a quick modification in the Letter Template Manager allows the signature of the user to be attached to the letter when it is created.

Make the most of your application by adding electronic signatures to your letters.

For more information about this or other STACS-DB capabilities contact us here.
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In the News - United States

New legislation establishes time limits, standards and reporting requirements for the processing of rape kits to ensure all future kits are tested.
2016 FDLE report revealed more than 13,000 rape kits backlogged

Panel to begin case-by-case review of untested kits; report recommends tracking system, standardized policies, procedures and training

KBI recently completed a statewide inventory of all previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Kansas, accomplished with voluntary participation of each of Kansas's 383 city and county law  enforcement agencies.

Massachusetts: Standard DNA testing can't differentiate between identical twins. A new test challenges that
A new forensic test points to one of the twins - and not the other.

A New York state commission subcommittee won accolades from the Queens District Attorney's office, and consternation from the Legal Aid Society, after endorsing the use of familial DNA testing in criminal cases.

North Carolina: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to eliminate backlog of untested rape kits by summer
A change in protocol and priorities leads to rape testing progress.

Pennsylvania: Backlogged
Thousands of sexual assault kits around the nation have been left untested. One lab in Allegheny County found a short-term solution.

Texas: Prosecuting cold case sexual assault: the Dallas County experience (video)
This video shows that with funding from the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), Dallas County is prosecuting sexual assault cold cases as a result of testing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

Utah: Will new robotics, new mandate spur faster testing of Utah's rape kits - or fuel a new backlog?
Utah has approved a new mandate to test all rape kits - but not all the funding needed to cover the additional work. And while robotics will speed up a key part of testing, a lack of staff may just mean a bottleneck at a different step in the process.

Wisconsin: New $75M crime lab approved
A new $75 million state crime lab with DNA testing and a law enforcement center in the Milwaukee area was approved.
None of them were suspects for the sex attacks prior to the samples being taken out of the freezer they had been stored in since the early 1980s and 90s.

Some countries allow for searching of entire DNA information which allows police to look for genes coding what a person looks like, and where their ancestors came from.

The State's DNA database has taken just under 11,000 samples from people since it was introduced in November 2015.

Match rate highest ever at 63.3% for crime scene profile loads.
Articles of Interest
Forensics applications for Next-Generation Sequencing
DNA sequencing keeps getting faster and covering more bases, and today's fastest approach is massively parallel sequencing (MPS)-also known as next-generation sequencing.