Scientific Terms: STR analysis Verogen Inks Collaboration Agreement With Center for Forensic Science Research & Education CFSRE recently validated Verogen's NGS-based forensics platform and will develop implementation and training materials for law enforcement. Rapid DNA Act Signed Into Law The law broadens the ability of law enforcement agencies to use rapid DNA sequencing technology and upload resulting data into a federal database. Startup TwinStrand Biosciences Aims to Commercialize Duplex Sequencing Technology Premium The Seattle-based firm plans to partner with pharma and biotech to use its duplex sequencing technology in applications such as oncology and forensics. Stanford Team Develops Targeted STR Sequencing Approach That Harnesses CRISPR-Cas9 Premium The researchers plan to commercialize the method, which they said can have applications in both forensics and oncology. SmallPond to Provide Profile Matching Software for Bermuda's National DNA Database SmallPond is part of a broader collaboration to provide services to the Bermuda police department and to establish a national database of DNA profiles. May 17, 2016 Thermo Fisher Launches Sequencing Panels for Forensics to Complement PCR, CE Offerings Premium Dec 7, 2015 In Genome-Wide Analysis, Researchers Link Short Tandem Repeats to Gene Expression Variations Sep 3, 2015 IntegenX Launches Next-Generation Rapid Forensic DNA Platform Premium Jul 21, 2015 Q&A: Timothy Kupferschmid of the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner on New Forensic DNA Techs Premium Jun 3, 2015 Q&A: Peter Vallone of NIST Talks Trends in Rapid PCR for Forensics Premium Jan 21, 2015 Illumina Launches MiSeq FGx for Forensic Applications Premium Sep 14, 2012 Court Overturns $52M Damage Award in Promega, Life Tech Case Sep 13, 2012 University of Arizona Group Seeks Partners to Move Forensic Lab-on-a-Chip to Market Premium Dec 15, 2011 IntegenX Nets $40M Financing to Accelerate Commercialization of DNA ID Platform Premium May 5, 2011 Bin Laden DNA ID Would be Fast and Easy Using 'Standard' PCR Tech, Experts Say Premium Breaking News 23andMe Fiscal Q4 Revenues Increase 14 Percent Local Coverage Determinations Roundup: Castle Bio, SkylineDx Ancient Genome Sequence Provides Look at Ancestry for Individual Who Perished at Pompeii Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Outcomes Improve With Diverse Gut Microbes, Immune Cells CorePath Laboratories, Cizzle Biotechnology Partner on Lung Cancer Blood Test Becton Dickinson Gets CE-IVD Mark for High-Throughput COVID/Flu PCR Test The Scan Billion-Dollar Diversity Initiative The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is now accepting applications for its new $1.5 billion initiative to boost the diversity of the scientific workforce. Biotech Co-Founder Arrested A co-founder of a Los Angeles-based biotech company has been arrested in connection with a murder-for-hire scheme, according to Endpoint News. Return of the Tasmanian Tiger The Washington Post reports that a team in Australia is working to bring the thylacine back from extinction. Nature Papers on Genome of Individual From Pompeii, CircRNA Study Best Practices, More In Nature this week: first sequenced genome of a person from Pompeii, best practice guidelines for circRNA studies, and more.