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Touch DNA: From the Crime Scene to the Crime Laboratory

April 12, 2013 6:27 am | by Joe Minor | Comments

While touch DNA has become a much requested and successful test for DNA laboratories to perform, we must remember its limitations and be aware of the factors which may affect the results.

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Crime Scene 360

April 12, 2013 6:11 am | by Tony Nguyen | Comments

Whether you are a cold case detective revising an old case or a forensic investigator presenting in court, wouldn’t it be great to be able to revisit the crime scene again as if you were actually there? Now you can! With today’s exciting technology, it is possible to actually experience being at the crime scene via a “virtual tour” allowing you to view it in any direction .

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In their DNA: Finding El Salvador’s Missing Children

April 12, 2013 5:05 am | by Laura Barten | Promega Corporation | Comments

Today, reuniting surviving family members with their loved ones is supported not only by a number of human rights agencies and non-governmental organizations, but also by a small-but-growing group of committed genetic and forensic scientists.

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Use a Standard Application When Hiring

April 10, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Make sure that every job applicant completes one of your standard applications – even if they have already sent you a full, lengthy resume.

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Develop a System for Marking Evidence

April 9, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

No matter the type of scene, you must carefully mark and record every piece of evidence you find. This may seem pretty straightforward, but it becomes more complicated when you have multiple crime scenes or incidents. Taking the time to develop a clear system that is easy to use will be well worth the effort.

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Recognize the Hazards

April 8, 2013 9:10 pm | Comments

Understanding the required Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) programs and recognizing hazards will help you to identify and correct many of the common safety and health hazards associated with doing forensic analysis and research.

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Five Steps for Dealing with Employee Complaints

April 3, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

When a complaint is made, the manager should follow these five steps.

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3D Scanners Help Document a Crime Scene

April 2, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

The yellow tape can't stay up forever, and information can disappear long before a case is solved. A 3D overview map is a permanent recording of everything in the crime scene, and allows investigators to go back in time long after the yellow tape disappears.

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Challenges in DNA Testing and Forensic Analysis of Hair Samples

April 2, 2013 8:42 am | by Caroline Hughes | Comments

Forensic analysis of DNA from hair samples is commonly used for identification, however, it is in many ways the most overestimated and misrepresented DNA sample.

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Conduct Periodic, Unannounced Laboratory Inspections

April 1, 2013 9:39 pm | Comments

Quarterly inspections are an integral part of a good safety program. They are conducted to ensure that the working and learning environment is safe and healthy for all.

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Properly Package DNA Evidence

March 28, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Once you have identified DNA evidence, you need to properly collect it and package it. Remember that DNA can be easily contaminated or damaged.

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Why You Should Be Open to Hearing Complaints

March 27, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Accepted wisely, employees’ complaints can be useful tools a lab manager could use to improve and upgrade his work unit and keep his employees happy.

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General Guidelines for Chemical Storage

March 25, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Safely storing chemicals in laboratories or stockrooms requires considering many health and safety factors. In particular, proper use of containers and common lab equipment is critical.

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Creating a Crime Scene Checklist

March 21, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

In order to be worthwhile, the crime scene checklist needs to be comprehensive yet easy to use. It should cover everything from the time you’re called to the scene to the time the scene is released.

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Staying Sane in an Insane Workplace

March 20, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Faced with stress, is it even possible to stay calm, cool, and collected? To take it all in stride, function effectively, not lose sleep, and still handle problems successfully?

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