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Forensic Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 4, August/September 2012

NCJ Number
Forensic Magazine Volume: 9 Issue: 4 Dated: August/September 2012 Pages: 1-50
Rebecca Waters
Date Published
September 2012
50 pages
Ten feature articles address facilities and methods for forensic analysis.
"Keeping Up With the Ever-changing Forensic Landscape" summarizes feature articles. "The DNA Connection: Changes" reports on the development of "Rapid DNA Testing" and the creation of the Global Alliance for Rapid DNA Testing. "A Forensic Lab for All Seasons" profiles the new Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) in Washington, DC, which envisions becoming a model in forensic laboratory design and planning. "Defining AFIS Requirements" explains how to design workflow and specify system requirements so as to ensure that an agency's Automated Fingerprint Identification System performs efficiently and effectively. "The New Face of Forensic Science" describes the recently constructed Tucson Police Department Crime Laboratory (Arizona) and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Criminalistics Laboratory in Olathe, KS. "Easy Reporting of Hard DNA: Computer Comfort in the Courtroom" explains how a computer can restore the ease and comfort of single-source evidence when reporting on DNA mixtures to a jury. "Forensic Phenotyping: the 21st Century Composite Sketch" explains emerging methods that allow investigators to analyze crime-scene DNA in order to describe accurately the key physical traits of the source of the genetic material. "Safety Guys: Lucy in the Lab with Diamonds" is the third in a series on safe laboratory chemical management. This issue discusses the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) hazard diamond and how to decipher the information it contains. "Digital Forensic Insider: Windows 7 Registry Forensics: Part 6" explains how registry keys in the Windows 7 operating system can be examined to obtain information on any external device attached to the system. "Who Says You Can't Do That?" outlines basic steps in processing an arson crime scene. The "How It Works" Department reports on enabling efficient direct PCR amplification for Swabs and Untreated Paper samples.