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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. 
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"Sample Tracking and Control Software" for DNA Labs" ... 
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October 2016

STACS-CW allows you to assign the default entry and display order for all configurable dropdown fields.


Tell me more!

You can easily assign default entries and display order to all configurable dropdowns. Open the respective code table, select the desired entry, and click Set Default. Use the display order spinner box to configure the order. Now, breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy your day. 

For more information about this or other STACS-CW capabilities, click  here or  contact us.
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October 31-November 4, 2016
Palm Springs, CA
In the News: North America 

Last year evidence collected from victims was analyzed by the crime lab only half of the time, and there is a backlog of 2,000 untested "rape kits" over the last ten years.

Rape survivors are turning to the courts, claiming that cities that ignore potential DNA evidence are violating survivors' civil rights.
Three out of four state counties have now submitted a record detailing the number of untested rape kits.

Legislation was recently signed requiring forensic evidence from sexual assault and rape cases to be preserved for at least 15 years.

The first Detroit Sexual Assault Kit Summit drew hundreds from around 40 states and dozens of Michigan cities attended to discuss the handling of sexual assault cases.

In this video, members from the Nevada Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Working Group describe the importance of using available resources, including research and federal support from the National Institute of Justice, in making progress towards processing untested sexual assault kits.

The lab has done such a good job clearing the backlog of rape kits that it's getting state and national attention.

More than 100 rape kits will be sent to a lab for testing.
Lean principles resulted in a sharp reduction of processing times for forensic DNA tests at the Marysville Crime Lab.
The rise in rape reports - 127 so far in 2016, up from 82 a year ago - may be due to victims' being more likely to contact police as opposed to an indicator that rape itself is on the rise.
The state Department of Justice announced it would begin testing a backlog of more than 6,000 rape kits. The news comes after the issue of Wisconsin's sexual assault kit backlog was questioned.
In the News - International

Australian detectives have used DNA analysis to predict what the face of a suspect in a major inquiry will look like, in what many experts believe represents a new frontier in forensic investigation.

Spotty access to rape kits is contributing to the problem: Where you live determines how easy it is to get one, how sensitively you're treated during the process, and even whether the evidence gathered holds up in court.

Kuwaiti law requiring all residents to submit to genetic testing has sparked international outcry - and there are signs it's also drawing a muted civil opposition from locals fearful of its scope.
Reports suggest £1.6 million new probe has uncovered crucial new pieces of information following 1974 bombing.
Articles of Interest

The woman who survived a brutal kidnapping and rape was speaking at a conference, unaware that the DNA analyst that solved her case was in the audience.
DNA testing on crime scene evidence is considered conclusive, but it was not always so. 30 years ago, this tool was considered too controversial to make a difference in identifying or clearing a suspect.