The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence Presents

Massively Parallel Sequencing: Understanding the Basic Technology - May 20, 2015

Wednesday May 20 2015 13:00 ET

  Approximatley 2.0 Hours

Course Description

Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is an exciting technology that holds promise for enhancing the capabilities of the forensic DNA analyst. However, there are several challenges that confront implementation of a MPS system into the crime laboratory, which include: training and education on fundamentals of the chemistry, functionality, and genetic marker systems; validation criteria and study design; policy and data procedure developments related to CODIS operations; and perceived admissibility and privacy issues. This four-part webinar series will address these and other areas of interest, providing foundational information on the two available MPS systems, covering platforms and chemistries, throughput, genetic markers, bioinformatics, validation requirements, applications, and potential admissibility issues.

This first webinar, Understanding the Basic Technology, will be on the latest cutting edge information from the representatives, stakeholders and practitioners currently bringing this technology to fruition in the forensic science arena. The presentations and panel discussion will include an overview of platforms - the Ion PGM™ and MiSeq™ systems- and their respective chemistries, including sample and library preparation. The discussions will focus primarily on salient features of the platforms/systems so that forensic scientists can be better informed as they decide to move forward with this promising new technology.


Course Type

Live virtual classroom


Forensic Genetics, Forensic sciences, Forensic technology, R and D


Law Enforcement, Forensic Science, Forensic Technologists, Forensic Genetics

Performance Requirement


Course Accreditation

Certificate of Completion

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