Category Archives: Press Releases

NIJ Funded Software Tools, Apps and Databases

NIJ has funded a number of free or low cost software tools, apps and databases to assist with investigations or research.

Promega PowerPlex® Fusion Delivers More Information for Challenging Forensic Casework, Databasing and Paternity Cases

Promega announces the launch of the PowerPlex® Fusion System, a 24-locus multiplex that incorporates common and informative loci used throughout the world.

PowerPlex® Y23 System Seminar Series

Please join us for a half day of presentations and discussions on the latest advances in Y-STR analysis, featuring presentations by leaders in the forensics community, and updates on the most recent products and technologies from Promega.

Improved Detection of Male DNA
Population Studies & Statistics for Y-STRs
Implementation & Utilization of a Y-STR Database
The Power of Y-STR Analysis – Interesting Cases

Promega New PowerPlex(R) Y23 STR System Reveals More Y-STR Loci in Half the Time

Wall Street Journal Market Watch
MADISON, Wis., Jul 12, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Promega Corporation announces the newest addition to the PowerPlex(R) STR Systems family, the PowerPlex(R) Y23 System–a rapid human identification Y-Short Tandem Repeat (Y-STR) assay for forensic casework, offender databasing and relationship testing. Thermal cycling time is cut roughly in half, and the system detects substantially more Y-STR loci than current systems.

Q&A: Arthur Eisenberg on Using the Ion Torrent PGM in Forensic Science

Genome Web
Since Arthur Eisenberg helped establish the first DNA paternity and forensics laboratory in the world in 1984, he has seen forensics technology evolve from restriction fragment length polymorphism, or RFLP, testing to PCR-based testing and Sanger sequencing — and, more recently, next-generation sequencing.

University of North Texas Health Science Center Advances Forensic Research by Investing in Semiconductor DNA Sequencing Technology

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Life Technologies Corporation – /quotes/zigman/112769/quotes/nls/life LIFE +1.55% today announced a collaboration with the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Institute of Applied Genetics utilizing the company’s Ion Personal Genome Machine® (PGM(TM)) system to further their research, development, and implementation of best technologies in forensic DNA analyses.

lobSTR algorithm rolls DNA fingerprinting into 21st century
As any crime show buff can tell you, DNA evidence identifies a victim’s remains, fingers the guilty, and sets the innocent free. But in reality, the processing of forensic DNA evidence takes much longer than a 60-minute primetime slot.

DDC, One of the Largest DNA Testing Companies Worldwide, Supports National DNA Testing Standard for Tissue Culture Authentication

The National Standard was developed for a number of reasons, including the fact that tissue cell cultures used in a variety of biomedical research areas are often misidentified

Bode Technology Acquires Chromosomal Laboratories, Inc.

Business News Wire- Wall Street Journal
LORTON, Va., Feb 13, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Bode Technology (Bode), a leading provider of forensic DNA services, announced today the acquisition of Chromosomal Laboratories, Inc., a leading provider of DNA testing for immigration and private paternity. By adding this expertise to its portfolio of service offerings, Bode will utilize its vast international and domestic presence to provide best in class immigration paternity and private paternity testing to clients worldwide. Bode is a wholly owned subsidiary of SolutionPoint International, Inc.

ISHI22 Attracts 700+ Top Forensic Professionals to Discuss the Latest in Forensic DNA

Announcing the 22nd International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI), October 3-6, 2011 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

IntegenX and Promega Ink RapidHIT™ Human Identification System Reagent Supply Agreement

PLEASANTON, Calif. & MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IntegenX Inc. and Promega Corporation today announced that commercial deliveries of RapidHIT™ 200 Human Identification Systems will include Promega’s nucleic acid purification and short tandem repeat (STR) amplification reagents. Promega’s established STR chemistry will enable users of the automated, self-contained RapidHIT System to produce DNA profiles for human identification from mouth swabs and other human samples in less than two hours.

Global forensics introduces a break-through non-DNA human identification test.

Global Forensics UK
Global Forensics Ltd, a UK-based International Forensic and Distribution Company, and Identity Sciences LLC, a high-tech forensic US company, are pleased to announce their new partnership to launch and market groundbreaking forensic human identification test, AbP ID™.

Statement of Governor McDonnell Regarding the Passing of Dr. Paul B. Ferrara, Former Director of the Virginia Division of Forensic Science
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today following the memorial ceremony for Dr. Paul B. Ferrara who was the longtime director of the Virginia Division of Forensic Science. Ferrara passed away last week.

Genetic Technologies Sues 10 Firms Alleging Patent Infringement

Gemone Web
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Australian genetics testing firm Genetic Technologies announced today it is suing 10 companies for allegedly infringing its primary non-coding DNA patent.

Mass graves toll in northwestern Mexico at 104

MSNBC Mexico
MEXICO CITY — Mexican security forces exhumed eight more bodies Wednesday from mass graves in a northwestern state capital where drug gangs are believed to have buried their victims, bringing the total from a monthlong search to 104.