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“Cannabis Industry Journal” Highlights Signature Science’s Cannabis and Hemp Proficiency Testing Partnership with AOAC INTERNATIONAL

May 11, 2022 • Cannabis Industry Journal published an article discussing Signature Science’s recent partnership with AOAC INTERNATIONAL. Under this partnership, Signature Science will produce hemp and cannabis proficiency test samples for AOAC’s Cannabis Proficiency Testing Program. From the article: “What makes this proficiency testing (PT) program so unique is that AOAC will be the only PT provider to offer actual cannabis flower as the matrix. This month, the pilot round with twenty cannabis testing labs begins with hemp-only samples being shipped in early May. The first live round of the PT program is scheduled for November of this year and will … MORE

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Signature Science’s Dr. Pravin Muthu Receives 2022 Dr. Billy Richardson Award

CBRNE Industry Group Award recognizes contributions of exemplary young researchers in the field of CBRNE Defense AUSTIN, TEXAS – May 19, 2022 – Signature Science is pleased to announce that the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Industry Group, a … MORE

SigSci Scientists Co-Author Study Published in “Forensic Science International: Genetics”

Abstract Forensic genetic investigations typically rely on analysis of DNA for attribution purposes. There are times, however, when the amount and/or the quality of the DNA is limited, and thus little or no information can be obtained regarding the source of … MORE

AOAC INTERNATIONAL Names Signature Science, LLC as Exclusive Provider for Cannabis Proficiency Test Samples

Signature Science to produce samples under ISO 17043 for use in AOAC’s Cannabis PT Program AUSTIN, TEXAS – May 10, 2022 – AOAC INTERNATIONAL and Signature Science, LLC have entered into a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding, under which Signature Science, LLC … MORE

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Minireview Published in ASM Infection and Immunity: Categorizing Sequences of Concern by Function To Better Assess Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis

Abstract To identify sequences with a role in microbial pathogenesis, we assessed the adequacy of their annotation by existing controlled vocabularies and sequence databases. Our goal was to regularize descriptions of microbial pathogenesis for improved integration with bioinformatic applications. Here, we review the challenges of annotating sequences for pathogenic activity. We relate the categorization of more than 2,750 sequences of pathogenic microbes through a controlled vocabulary called Functions of Sequences of Concern (FunSoCs). These allow for an ease of description by both humans and machines. We provide a subset of 220 fully annotated sequences in the supplemental material as examples. The … MORE

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HORIZON Newsletter – April 2022

CAG Heads to Reno Leaders from our ANAB-Accredited Forensic DNA Laboratory are presenting and exhibiting at the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Annual Symposium next week! Their respective experiences working for a forensic laboratory in the midst of a global … MORE

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Signature Science Review of Direct PCR and Rapid DNA Approaches to Sexual Assault Kit Testing Published in “Journal of Forensic Sciences”

Abstract Crime laboratories have been faced with large casework backlogs due to lengthy processing times, limited resources and scientists, and rising crime rates. Evidence related to sexual assault crimes, specifically sexual assault kits (SAKs), heavily contribute to the reported backlogs. … MORE

D.C.’s Department of Forensic Science Selects Signature Science to Perform DNA & Serology Testing on Fired Shell Casings

SigSci analysts will employ proprietary FRISC® method to extract DNA from spent shell casings AUSTIN, TEXAS – April 12, 2022 – Signature Science, LLC was selected by the Department of Forensic Science (DFS) in Washington, D.C. to perform DNA and serology … MORE

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Signature Science Appoints New President, CEO

March 8, 2022 – The Signature Science Managers Committee has unanimously elected Brian J. Schimmoller as the third president and CEO of the Austin-based company. Signature Science is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Research Institute, specializing in national security, … MORE

HORIZON Newsletter – February 2022

Looking Ahead to AAFS on February 22-25 in Seattle, WA Signature Science is attending the upcoming AAFS Conference with five of our scientists presenting their latest work. AAFS will be a hybrid conference, with presentations and sessions occurring virtually, in-person, or … MORE

IARPA funds Signature Science and Rice University to Develop SeqScreen-Nano Software to Analyze Long Reads from Nanopore Sequencers

February 15, 2022 – Signature Science, LLC received funding from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) under the Functional Genomic and Computational Assessment of Threats (Fun GCAT) program for the development of SeqScreen-Nano software. SeqScreen-Nano will determine the taxonomy … MORE

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