Overview

At the International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) in Minneapolis, MN on September 26, 2016, the NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) presented at a workshop that provided attendees with a unique opportunity to learn best practices to implement massively parallel sequencing (MPS) into a typical forensic laboratory workflow. Supported by the FTCoE, University of North Texas Health Science Center, and North Carolina State University, an immersive and interactive virtual simulation tool was showcased that guides DNA practitioners through three commercially available forensic laboratory processes amenable to two MPS instruments. Attendees were given the opportunity to virtually employ laboratory protocols as well as analyze forensically relevant genetic loci through commercially available and third-party software applications.

Virtual Laboratory Simulation Tool

Virtual Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (PLEASE READ BEFORE ENTERING THE VIRTUAL LABORATORY)

Quick-look guide to navigating the virtual laboratory (PLEASE READ BEFORE ENTERING THE VIRTUAL LABORATORY)

Virtual laboratory simulation tool