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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Forensics Technology Center of Excellence Releases Guidance Document on "Next-Generation" Sequencing

The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) has released Massively Parallel Sequencing: Application to Forensics. Massively parallel sequencing (MPS), also called next-generation sequencing, holds promise for enhancing the capabilities of forensic DNA laboratories. However, several challenges confront the implementation of an MPS system in a crime laboratory. This guidance document provides forensic DNA scientists with a comprehensive resource that covers the fundamentals of current platforms and chemistries, and summarizes a series of MPS-related webinars hosted by the FTCoE in conjunction with the University of North Texas Health Science Center's Institute of Applied Genetics.

Download the document from This report is a product of a National Institute of Justice-funded project but is not published by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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