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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!

June 2015

All New STACS-DB 6.0 for DNA Databank Labs


STACS-DB 6.0 has been updated to further increase productivity, prevent errors, increase flexibility and reduce the need for IT support at forensic DNA databank laboratories.  


A revamped user interface is the most visible enhancement, designed to be easier to use and increase productivity. Users are able to customize screens, filter and sort worklists and more easily work with multiple modules simultaneously.


Upgrading to future releases will be faster and easier. STACS-DB 6.0 introduces the smart client approach, which offers the combined benefits of eliminating the need to upgrade individual workstations, while continuing to support STACS-DB's rich user interface. Only the server is upgraded; users simply click on a STACS-DB desktop shortcut to access the software. Given that large DNA databanks may have more than 50 users, this approach eliminates hours of work for the IT department.


Other highlights from the many new features introduced in STACS-DB 6.0 include:


  • the ability to access key information such as sample rework history, plate content, plate history and related comments at more points throughout processing;
  • the addition of the Copan CPA200 and the Agilent Biocel and Agilent Bravo platforms to the list of supported instruments; and
  • an enhanced training testing process designed to be more flexible and improve testing procedures. 

For more information on STACS-DB Enterprise, read the STACS-DB 6.0 news release and refer to the product page. Click on the diagram to view the features and benefits of each module.


Did You Know?  

Seven of the eight largest forensic DNA databank laboratories in North America use STACS-DB Enterprise, including the FBI and RCMP. The RCMP has been using STACS-DB since 2000 and the FBI since 2003.



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September 6-11, 2015

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Mackinac Island, MI



In the News: North America 


FBI notifies crime labs of errors used in DNA match calculations since 1999

Crime labs across the country were notified, possibly affecting thousands of cases.


Backlog in Illinois rape kit testing persists

State says outside agency will soon begin to test kits.


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

The state funds has been used to expand the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force.


San Francisco police to test old rape kits, clear backlog

Budget available to test evidence by year end.


7,500-plus Ohio rape kits tested by state for DNA matches

It's an effort to check previously untested kits for evidence that could help solve reported sexual assaults.


More than $100K needed for test to ID identical twin rapist

Traditional DNA testing can't confirm which twin raped a student in 1999.


Maryland's DNA database records 4,000th hit

Another milestone for Maryland's DNA database.


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

The state's new $30 million-plus Crime Lab has opened in Rankin County.


National DNA testing effort on old rape kits sees success in indicting sexual predators

Hundreds - possibly thousands - of sexual predators and rapists may be prosecuted in the U.S. as new funding is spent on clearing a backlog of rape-kit tests.


Rape kits: A decade and a billion dollars later, why can't we fix the backlog?

A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to be held May 20 is titled, "Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights.


Out of prison, out of luck

When the test of innocence is withheld.


Forensic scientist explains how Virginia's DNA data bank works

Investigators have said DNA links Jesse Matthew to two other criminal cases in our region


In the News: International


U.S. Special Operators are using Rapid DNA readers

For special operations forces conducting midnight raids in places like Pakistan or Syria, DNA is becoming the gold standard.


Swiss survey on attitudes to DNA databasing and police use of genetic data on externally visible characteristics

An online survey determines the acceptance of forensic DNA profiling among Swiss German residents.


Not all DNA cases open and shut

As justice races to keep pace with technology, new questions about how evidence is obtained are coming into play.


A look inside the Ottawa police forensics lab

Here's a tour of the Canadian capital's lab that processes DNA and fingerprint samples.


Policymakers must help unleash the potential of DNA Forensics

While science and technology can drive DNA forensics forward, policy must pave the path ahead.


An interview with George Herrin, GBI

George Herrin, Deputy Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation-Division of Forensic Sciences, will be presenting an update on biology/DNA scientific area committee activities at ISHI in October 2015


Innocence Project is putting a stop to wrongful convictions across the world

The project, started in 1992, has already freed 300 innocent people in the US.