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Digging Deep: Next Generation Sequencing for Mitochondrial DNA Forensics

January 4, 2014 3:48 am | by Terry Melton | Mitotyping Technologies, a Division of AIBioTech | Comments

Due to the unforeseen popularity of mitochondrial DNA analysis, in 2013 forensic science is bumping up against the few remaining technical challenges in mtDNA analysis and ready to embrace some new tools for dealing with those challenges. Next Generation Sequencing is one of those new tools, poised to become a big player in forensic testing and equal to the challenges experienced by mtDNA practitioners.

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The Dirty Dozen - 12 Tips on How to Fail as a Manager

December 18, 2013 4:20 pm | Comments

You can learn from the best but there’s a lot to be learned from the worst as well. Here are a few suggestions from "Management Techniques of the Bottom 95% of U.S. Corporations" to make sure your company will never succeed. Take heed and don't let it happen to you! 

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10 Ways to Handle Complaints

December 18, 2013 4:00 pm | Comments

Do you struggle to respond to complaints? Complaints are not all treated equally. Most managers welcome and can deal with a complaint that is valid and objectively expressed. Complaints that seem trite, invalid, or resemble whining are more difficult to handle.

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Chain of Custody of a Body Begins with the Death Scene Documentation

December 18, 2013 2:19 pm | Comments

When working on a death scene, keep track of how and when the coroner was notified of the death. When the body is ready to be moved, continue to jot in your checklist, everything that happens. These notes begin the documentation of the chain of custody of the body.

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Mobile Evidence Collection Device Helps De-Mystify Police Department Evidence Room

December 18, 2013 6:43 am | by Detective Kerry Daniels | Primary Marking Systems, Inc. | Comments

The Maplewood Police Department is a law enforcement agency with 31 officers and about 9,000 pieces of evidence. In early 2009, the chief challenged the department to bring order to the evidence room by implementing procedures for the orderly tracking, storage, and retrieval of evidence in the hope of attaining the department’s ultimate goal: accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.  

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Crime Scene Clean Up

December 17, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Understanding what happens after CSOs leave the scene can help you do your job better and also help those who need it most: the victims and the people left behind. 80% of victims or their families clean up after a homicide, suicide, trauma, or situations involving decomposing bodies and other biological hazards because they don’t know that professional services are available.

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Have a Fire Prevention and Protection Plan

December 16, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Every forensic facility should have a comprehensive fire prevention and protection plan. This plan is designed to protect the building occupants, preserve equipment and property, and assist emergency response teams. Each section in your forensic unit presents its own fire risks.

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Get the Most from Your Crime Scene

December 12, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

These days, crime scene officers are capable of doing more forensic work right at the scene. The more you can do in the field, the more the scientists in the lab can do to verify your work. As technology advances, crime scene officers must advance their knowledge and training. Some key areas to focus on include bullet trajectory, blood spatter, and the proper way to collect sensitive evidence such as computers and drugs.

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The Importance of Being an Approachable Manager

December 11, 2013 6:01 pm | Comments

As a manager, much of your success rests on the shoulders of those working for you. Therefore it is very important to maintain a positive, productive relationship with your employees, and one of the most important things to strive for as a manager is to remain open and approachable.

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Handling Exposure to Blood or OPIM

December 8, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Your employer must provide you with protective equipment, as well as medical care in the case of an incident, at no cost. Follow these steps after exposure to blood or OPIM by eye, mouth, mucous membrane, or non-intact skin and following any piercing, cut, or abrasion of these routes.

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Respond with Caution

December 5, 2013 5:00 am | Comments

Officers who arrive at a crime scene must be cautious and methodical. They should strive to preserve the scene with minimal contamination and should not disturb physical evidence. The following guidelines should be observed by all responding officers.

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Get the Most Out of Training

December 4, 2013 6:53 pm | Comments

Training is important. It’s the one way to improve the quality of your workforce with the staff you have. But training is only valuable when employees retain the information that was taught to them. These training tips help managers get the most out of training sessions.

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PELs Are Based Partly on Scientific Evidence and Partly on Politics

December 2, 2013 6:50 pm | Comments

The OSHA permissible exposure limits (PELs) are typically the least restrictive exposure values and serve as a minimum performance standard in the United States. It should be noted that when PELs are established, it is a political process mixed with scientific evidence.

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Book Excerpt: Bosnia’s Million Bones

November 25, 2013 4:01 pm | by Christian Jennings | Comments

The ICMP was now committed to the task of sifting through the pieces of the world's largest forensic puzzle. Thousands of bodies had been exhumed from mass graves in Bosnia and families and relatives of the missing had formed themselves into associations to collect blood samples.

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5 Ways to Speed Through Bureaucracy at Work

November 19, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

We all have been through it at work. Some process or change you are driving requires a sign-off from what seems like every manager in your company. Even when your work is done, you have to chase people down (most often managers), process their feedback, and get them to click a button or sign on the line.

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