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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 Labs" ... 
What we do is in our name!

March 2016

NIJ releases FY 2016 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program 

Applications Due: May 23, 2016

This year's grant has clarified the difference between a LIMS and a DNA Module. STACS-CW is not a LIMS, but a DNA Module; and while many agencies have purchased STACS-CW using NIJ grants, many have not as they have mistakenly assumed STACS-CW is a LIMS. 

Under Section A: Permissible Use of Funds, Item 11:

"a. Existing Laboratory Information Systems Contracts may be established to purchase and install DNA modules to existing Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), extra licenses for the DNA unit users to an existing LIMS system, or software upgrades for an existing LIMS or DNA module. 
NOTE: See the definitions of LIMS and module"

"Module - A sample/case tracking component separate from the laboratory's LIMS that functions only for the purposes of the forensic biology/DNA unit.
NOTE: The module may be a product of the same, or a different, vendor as the laboratory's current LIMS."

Under this definition, STACS-CW is a DNA Module.

Call today to schedule a demonstration of the latest version of STACS-CW, which tracks all of your NIJ required Performance Measures data, and a whole lot more.
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In the News: North America 
Legal history was made using probabilistic genotyping
10,133 kits were tested, resulting in 3,664 CODIS hits

Ohio: Rape kits must be submitted for DNA testing by next week
In Ohio, SAKs must be submitted by next week under a law that took effect last year

Idaho: Idaho moves to create system to collect, track rape evidence

Lawmakers signed off on a statewide system for collecting and tracking DNA evidence of sexual assault

Oklahoma: Oklahoma lawmakers advance bills on DNA testing
DNA tests would be required for every person 18 years or older who is arrested for a felony offense

Kentucky: Senate panel approves bills to expand DNA collection, set deadline for testing rape kits
Senate bill would mandate DNA collection after arrests on felony charges and would require state crime lab to analyze rape kits within 60 days by 2020

Colorado should expand the reach of DNA testing
Those convicted of certain misdemeanors should be tested, too
WV: Marshall University Forensic Science Center again achieves national accreditation of its DNA testing labs

Oklahoma: UCO Forensic Science Institute receives historic accreditation
The University of Central Oklahoma W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute is only university in North America with three accredited undergraduate forensic science programs
In the News - International
Hundreds of DNA and fingerprint records that could have been held for national security reasons in England and Wales have been deleted, a report reveals
Just because it's DNA doesn't mean it's good science

Katie's Law: Ten years later
Officially, 28 states currently have some version of Katie's Law

Reversing the legacy of junk science in the courtroom
Judges and juries sometimes send people to jail based on bogus science

Read about the UK case that started it all in forensic DNA
An interview with Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker

How this forensic DNA tool can help conserve endangered species in the UK
The Natural History Museum of Denmark and Molecular Ecology biotech Spygen (France) brought together forensic science techniques to detect traces of Great Crested Newt DNA in UK ponds