The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) is working in collaboration with vendors, law enforcement, and practitioner communities to fundamentally understand NGS technology, develop training materials and implement high-quality workflows for forensic casework applications. The information and resources consolidated here by the CFSRE allows for the rapid dissemination of information to interested communities.
Researchers and scientists at the CFSRE are pioneering the use of NGS for forensic applications – from individualization to investigative lead generation – through assessment, validation, and research applications.
NGS methods developed at the CFSRE aim to generating DNA profiles from challenging samples types that failed to generate useful information through traditional Capillary Electrophoresis of STRs. This also includes the evaluation and the compatibility with traditional STR workflows, recommendations for complex mixtures using sequencing data, and generating recommendations for analyzing mixture sequencing data with probabilistic genotyping platforms.
The CFSRE is working to develop training materials and resources for law enforcement and practitioner communities to accelerate the implementation of NGS for criminal investigations.
The evaluation of a new technology can be time consuming and challenging, but there are numerous resources available for laboratories looking to discover the benefits of NGS technologies. The links below were compiled to aid forensic practitioners, crime lab directors and forensic researchers discover resources designed specifically for NGS applications.