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Upcoming Webinar

The ForenSeq Kintelligence Workflow

A technical review of the end-to-end sequencing solution for forensic genetic genealogy

Thursday, February 25 | 8:00 am PST / 11:00 am EST / 4:00 pm GMT

Forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) has provided the criminal justice community with a powerful tool for generating investigative leads for both cold and contemporary cases. However, current whole genome sequencing and microarray-based methods have created concerns around genetic privacy and fail to address challenges inherent to forensic samples. The ForenSeq Kintelligence workflow overcomes these limitations, bringing the power of FGG to forensic DNA laboratories in the first fit-for-forensic-purpose, fully integrated, end-to-end workflow .

In this technical webinar, you will learn: 

  • Specifications of the ForenSeq Kintelligence Kit, including data on sensitivity, inhibitor resistance, and call rates 
  • Performance data from real samples such as bones, teeth, and blood 
  • Requirements and guidelines for loading kits to GEDmatch PRO
  • Results from an inter-laboratory study evaluating match capabilities out to second cousins

Featured On-Demand Webinar

Understanding SNPs: How to use SNPs to enhance traditional forensic analyses

Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) offer unique advantages for human identification applications supplementing STR markers to enhance traditional analyses or enabling new and expanded application capabilities. In this first Verogen webinar to explore the specific advantages of SNPs, we focus on how they can be applied to current analyses to improve outcomes, generating better answers to today’s questions. Join our guest speakers live as they share their experiences of using SNPs to augment STR analysis and take questions in a live Q&A session.

Past Webinars

Comparing mtDNA Analysis Options: Choosing the right technology and kit for you

There are many considerations when analyzing mitochondrial DNA— from Sanger sequencing to next-generation sequencing, control region to whole genome analysis, from one supplier to another. In this webinar, Ryan Gutierrez, doctoral student at Sam Houston State University, will provide insight on some different options for mtDNA analysis, including:

  • A workflow comparison of the ForenSeq mtDNA Control Region Kit and the ForenSeq mtDNA Whole Genome Kit
  • A performance comparison of the ForenSeq and Promega mtDNA control region kits
  • Benefits of sequencing the whole mtGenome, including examples of practical application

Reimagining Human Identification: The Verogen Commitment to Continuity and Change

In this webinar, we share details of how the current and upcoming Verogen portfolio addresses the limitations of DNA profiling workflows by enhancing analysis for established markers, while maintaining essential compatibility with legacy data. We discuss how our genealogical tools are poised to reveal identity through enhanced lineage and family tree searching. We share a future where forensically relevant phenotype data could integrate with wider digital intelligence to identify people of interest.

Understanding Verogen Technology: How the NGS workflow compares to CE

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is a relatively new technology for forensic DNA analysis but using it does not require a new set of skills. In this webinar, forensic Field Application Scientist Laurence Devesse will review the Verogen NGS workflow from sample to data analysis and explain the similarities and differences between NGS and a traditional CE workflow. 

Why NGS, Why Now? A Q&A with forensic laboratory directors on their decision to implement Verogen technology

For decades, forensic laboratories had limited choices for DNA analysis. A recent surge in approved technologies, notably next-generation sequencing (NGS), is providing laboratories with a variety of options to enhance capabilities. Amidst competing priorities, more laboratories are choosing to prioritize the implementation of Verogen NGS into their operational workflows.

Forensic Genetic Genealogy: An Emerging Game Changer for Cold Case Resolution

Forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) is revolutionizing cold case investigations by producing previously unobtainable investigative leads. When traditional methods are inconclusive or all other options are exhausted, genealogy databases offer a new route to identifications. GEDmatch, one of the most widely known databases, has proven its effectiveness by helping law enforcement identify more than 70 previously unknown suspects.

If you are a forensic scientist, law enforcement professional or genealogist interested in learning more about FGG then register for this free educational webinar where experts will provide real-world insights regarding the impact of FGG from the complementary viewpoints of forensic scientists and law enforcement.

NGS Implementation in Operational Forensic Casework Laboratories

In this recorded webinar, Dr. Jenifer Smith discusses the advancements that support mainstream adoption of NGS and casework implementation insights from her laboratory, the Washington D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences (DC DFS).

Advances in Mitochondrial DNA Analysis

Watch this recorded webinar to learn about recent advances in mtDNA genome knowledge and how Dr. Bobby LaRue from Sam Houston State University used the ForenSeq mtDNA solution for challenging samples.

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