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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!

November 2017

Webinar Shows How Labs Optimize Performance by Tracking Consumables and Instruments with STACSĀ®

The first webinar in our weekly series is coming up!

Laboratory Management: Tracking Consumables and Instruments to Optimize Performance
Tuesday, November 28, 10:00 PT/11:00 MT/12:00 CT/1:00 ET
Target audience: DNA Analysts , Lab Managers, Quality Assurance Managers
Effective laboratory management requires trade-offs. Laboratories need to ensure they are using the best consumables on their samples, and using instruments that have been maintained and are in great working order.
You need to track consumable inventories to make sure the necessary consumables are on hand while also maximizing dollars spent - without under ordering and running out of consumables or over ordering and having consumables expire before being used. You need to make sure consumables that have not been quality control tested or released for use are not being used on casework. You must even enforce the use of specific lots so they are consumed prior to expiring.
Managing instruments is also a time consuming task that requires verifying maintenance schedules are met, external calibrations are performed within the required time frames, and that out-of-service instruments are prohibited from use. These day-to-day laboratory tasks are just as important as sample processing. Join us for our Laboratory Management webinar as we discuss these trade-offs and how STACS-CW can track consumables, ordering, instrument maintenance
Register for this webinar or the whole series at  www.stacsdna.com/webinars


You can launch your analysis software through the STACS-CW application. 

Tell me more:
Enable the functionality through System Configuration by setting the 'Enable Analyze' setting under Data Analysis to 'True'. Then, each user configures the location of their analysis software under User Preferences.

When using the Data Analysis module, the Analyze button will be enabled. Clicking Analyze will open your configured analysis software.
For more information about this or other STACS-DB capabilities, email  stacsdna@stacsdna.com .
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In the News - United States

California: California initiative would expand DNA gathering, restrict early parole
A proposed a ballot measure would bar certain convicted rapists and sex traffickers from being eligible for early release and expand the list of crimes for which a perpetrator's DNA is collected.

Kentucky has finally tested all of the rape kits that were part of a massive backlog of DNA evidence.

Louisiana: The Science of Crime: Behind the scenes at the Crime Lab
A look at the brand new $26 million North Louisiana Crime Lab in Shreveport.

Minnesota: 'Game-changer' DNA software put to the test in Minnesota
The forensic software, designed to interpret tricky pieces of DNA evidence, recently confronted what's believed to be its first test in Minnesota.

Missouri: When evidence goes untested, sex offenders go undetected, advocates say
No one knows the total number of untested sexual assault evidence "kits" in Missouri

North Carolina: Charlotte is far behind on testing rape kits. This is how police hope to catch up.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is getting a $837,342 grant to test old sexual assault kits and to hire staff for the department's crime lab and cold case unit.

Texas: Cops never suspected him in murder, until he confessed after DNA 'sketch'
A Texas man has confessed to killing a 25-year-old woman one week after investigators released a composite profile based on DNA found at the crime scene.
In the News - International

The laboratory focuses exclusively on missing persons identification and uses Next Generation Sequencing.

Blunder caused by police consent form change may allow for appeals.

Newly tested DNA evidence from a 2004 cold case murder in Isle of Wight County has led investigators to name a Virginia Beach man as a person of interest.
Articles of Interest
Y-Chromosome profiles a good lead, but not definitive identifier: Study
Y profiles should be used in criminal investigation and in prosecutions-but need to be presented with particular caution in front of juries

Silent Witnesses: Why do females make up most of those investigating crime using science?
In the US, 80 per cent of students in forensic courses are female.
New Resources

Perceptions of why the sexual assault kit backlog exists in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and recommendations for improving practice
The report answers the question: How do we prevent a future sexual assault kit backlog?

Forensic analysis of cross sectional sample and recommended testing prioritization
How Kansas prioritizes rape kit testing based on forensic analysis of cross-sectional sample.

Efficiency in processing sexual assault kits in crime laboratories and law enforcement agencies
What law enforcement agency dynamics affect rape kit processing efficiency?