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Lab Solutions Part of Answer for Delay in Justice for Sexual Assault

The backlog of rape kits awaiting DNA analysis continues to make headlines. And the stories often focus on the numbers, especially the shockingly large volume of untested kits. But as forensics professionals, we must always stay conscious of the fact that each of those untested samples represents a person—someone who experienced a life-altering trauma. Many…
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International Team Finds INNULs Tool Overcomes STR Limitations for Degraded Samples

DNA forensics labs have long struggled to analyze highly compromised evidence using short tandem repeat (STR) loci. Retrotransposable element insertion polymorphisms, or INNULs, have shown promise as an alternative for these specific sample types. But INNULs analysis raised its own challenges that, until now, prevented its application as a multiplexed marker system. A new study…
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Sure, it works… but is it Validated?

Validation papers for the InnoTyper 21 and InnoQuant Kits are now published! Plus third party studies demonstrating utility for forensic DNA casework.  Links to all the publications can be found here...

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NIST Data Demonstrates InnoTyper 21 Utility for Degraded Samples

In studies conducted by the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Applied Genetics Group, the InnoTyper 21 kit proved to be more discriminating than traditional STR and mini-STR multiplexes for degraded DNA fragments less than 150 base pairs in size. The studies, which were presented in a recent AAFS poster (click here to view),…
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