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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!

October 2017

Webinar Series Shows How Forensic DNA Casework Labs Save Time and Improve Quality with STACSĀ®
STACS DNA is offering a new, live webinar series
to show laboratory analysts, managers and directors how DNA crime labs can significantly increase productivity, reduce errors, and improve data quality by using STACS-CW sample processing and lab management software.

The weekly series, titled " Optimizing the Forensic DNA Casework Laboratory", comprises four webinars:

Webinar 1 - Laboratory Management: Tracking Consumables and Instruments to Optimize Performance
Tuesday, November 28, 10:00 PT/11:00 MT/12:00 CT/1:00 ET

Webinar 2 - Sample Processing: Tracking Evidence and Reporting
Tuesday, December 5, 10:00 PT/11:00 MT/12:00 CT/1:00 ET

Webinar 3 - Integration: Saving Time and Reducing Errors Through Laboratory Integration
Tuesday, December 12, 10:00 PT/11:00 MT/12:00 CT/1:00 ET

Webinar 4 - Compliance: Data at Your Fingertips Eases Audits and Operating Compliance
Tuesday, December 19, 10:00 PT/11:00 MT/12:00 CT/1:00 ET

The webinars will be presented by Malena Jimenez, a Field Application Specialist with STACS DNA, who is an ABC-certified analyst with significant scientific and information technology experience gained as a Criminalist, LIMS Administrator, Safety Officer, DNA Auditor and Casework and CODIS Criminalist with the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP)'s multi-site DNA casework laboratory.

For details and to register, visit www.stacsdna.com/webinars .

STACS-DB allows you to assign Catalog Number and Price Per Unit values to your consumables. 

Tell me more:
When ordering a consumable from the Inventory module or when receiving it at Receiving, STACS-DB displays its Catalog Number and Price Per Unit values. By assigning a Catalog Number and Price Per Unit to your consumable, STACS-DB makes this important information easily accessible and helps you manage your orders more efficiently.
For more information about this or other STACS-DB capabilities, email  stacsdna@stacsdna.com .
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November 14-16
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
In the News - United States

Three years of the most serious criminal investigations in Connecticut show that forensic analysis of biological evidence, including DNA, has skyrocketed.

Kentucky: Kentucky lands $3 million grant expected to further backlogged rape kit testing
Kentucky has landed a nearly $3 million federal grant expected to propel the next stage of the state's effort to test backlogged rape kits, including the creation of a statewide cold case unit dedicated to sexual assault cases.

Montana: Montana receives $900K to continue Sexual Assault Kit Initiative
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced the state will receive more than $900,000 in federal money to extend its Sexual Assault Kit Initiative through 2020.

New York: Karina Vetrano's death spurs familial searching DNA procedure in NY
Familial searching, a somewhat controversial procedure used in 10 other states and a number of foreign countries, can now be used by local New York police and prosecutors, provided they follow certain protocols developed in recent months.

Ohio: 'Savage' 2002 attack of blind woman one of two cold case rapes solved by Sexual Assault Kit Task Force, prosecutors announce
The two cases underscore the value of sending thousands of rape kits for testing and devoting resources to cases for which tests don't immediately yield a DNA hit that identifies a suspect.

Tennessee: Memphis wins federal grant to process rape kits
Memphis will receive a $1.07 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to finish processing untested rape kits.

Washington: AG's office wins $3M federal grant to process backlogged sexual assault DNA evidence
Grant provides necessary funding to process an estimated 6,000 untested sexual assault kits and train law enforcement.

West Virginia: Justice announces National SAKI grant award
Governor Jim Justice announced Tuesday he has awarded $377,335 in West Virginia National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant funds to one statewide project.

In the News - International

ANAB and the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) are partnering to expand forensic service accreditation internationally.

The launch of Nigeria's first state-owned DNA lab will speed up rape cases and should encourage more victims to seek justice, prosecutors and rights groups have said.
Articles of Interest
Familial searching, partial matching and lineage searches are in use in many states, and continue to gain ground, according to a series of papers produced for OJP by the ICF consulting firm.

National sexual assault kit initiative helps solve crimes
Recent research by the Wayne County, Michigan, prosecutor's office found that 83 percent of those imprisoned for rape have had at least one other arrest, and nearly 63 percent have had at least one other conviction.
New Resources

Forensic DNA Typing
This article in the Annual Review of Criminology canvasses the current literature regarding emerging scientific, statistical, social, and legal policy questions surrounding forensic DNA practices.