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STACS DNA delivers the only sample tracking and lab management software designed specifically for forensic DNA labs. Since 2000, we've helped DNA database and casework labs dramatically increase capacity, prevent errors, cut costs, improve data quality and meet accreditation standards, without hiring additional staff. The FBI, RCMP, U.S. Army and DNA labs of all sizes rely on STACS DNA. 
Why are we called STACS DNA? "Sample Tracking and Control Software" for DNA- What we do is in our name!

May 2015

Reminder: DNA Lab Funding 


Does your lab need help meeting the demands of arrestee legislation? You can still meet the June 22 application deadline for the DNA arrestee collection process implementation grants program. If your lab would benefit from an automated DNA sample processing audit trail and improved lab management, then we can help. Contact us here


How's Your Lab Budget?  

Did you get your Lab Budget Impact Analysis yet? Why wait? A simple-to-use online tool calculates the most budget-friendly way to grow your lab's capacity and improve turnaround time - based on your lab's own data.


Click here to get your customized report.



Plan to visit us at:

International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG)
August 31-September 5, 2015
Krakow, Poland

European Academy of Forensic Science (EAFS)

September 6-11, 2015

Prague, Czech Republic



Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS)
September 20-25, 2015
Mackinac Island, MI


In the News: North America 

Portland police, Multnomah County to seek $2 million federal grant to tackle rape kit backlog

About half of the rape kits collected by Portland police during a 29-year span have never been submitted to the state crime lab for testing.


First ever Rapid-DNA profile uploaded to NDIS

New DNA testing process took just hours to pinpoint a suspect.


More than 7,000 rape kits tested for DNA evidence

Untested rape kits sat across Ohio for years.


Mississippi's new $30 million-plus state crime lab ready

With about 90,000 square feet, the new state Forensics Laboratory is triple the size of the old crime lab.


Texas gives early OK to expanding DNA testing

The Texas House recently gave early approval to expanding DNA testing in criminal cases, an effort to prevent the incarceration of innocent Texans.


North Carolina bill would expand DNA collection from felony suspects

Suspects arrested for a violent felony would have their DNA collected if a bill passed by the Senate Judiciary II Committee becomes law.


$3 million goes to task force investigating untested Detroit rape kits

Government and police officials in Wayne County announced Tuesday that $3 million in state funds has been used to expand the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force.


Wayne County gets $100K to help clear backlog of rape cases

Since 11,000 abandoned rape kits were found in 2009, authorities have tested 9,000 and identified 255 serial rapists. But more money is needed.


Innocence Project cheers Maryland's improvement of access to DNA testing

Gov. Hogan signs bill that would provide those wrongfully convicted of all violent felonies access to DNA testing that could prove innocence.


DA and Supervisors Chairman clash over DNA lab oversight

Orange County Crime Lab is under an unique three-way management partnership.


In the News: International

South Africa: Police Service reduces forensic backlog by 92%

The backlog decreased from 59,000 to about 4,440 case entries over the last four years.


United Kingdom: Hi-tech police DNA testing technology criticised by campaigners

New technology that allows police to test DNA samples within custody suites without needing specialist forensic training is causing concern among civil liberties groups.


New Zealand: Fresh hope for unsolved cold cases is on its way as the DNA profile bank turns 20

Tiny specks of blood, saliva, skin found at crime scenes could soon be enough for scientists to uncover a possible offender's appearance.


Canada: A primer on DNA forensics

DNA by the numbers: A Canadian perspective.


Articles of Interest

Five things about sexual assault kits - The NIJ

Research investments have dramatically improved the science of forensic DNA testing and our understanding of sexual assault kits. 

Police can now tell identical twins apart - just melt their DNA

Whodunnit? Standard DNA analysis can pin down a guilty criminal, but it can be tough if the suspects are identical twins, who share the same genetic code.


DNA tests, technology and justice: A brave and uncertain new world

Trace DNA, touch DNA, mixed samples: not all DNA evidence is straightforward.