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HORIZON Newsletter – October 2023

As forensic investigative genetic genealogy (FIGG) becomes widely used in forensic investigations, labs need practical insight on implementing this powerful technique. The CAGS brings scientists, academics, and legal experts together to share their perspectives in a focused event designed for the forensic analyst. Don't miss the chance to learn from the... MORE
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Published in ACM Digital Library: SeqScreen-Nano: a computational platform for streaming, in-field characterization of microbial...

Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic forever underscored the need for bio-surveillance platforms capable of rapidly detecting emerging pathogens. Oxford Nanopore Technology (ONT) couples long-read sequencing with in-field capability, opening the door to real-time, in-field biosurveillance. Though a promising technology, streaming assignment of accurate functional and taxonomic labels with nanopore reads remains... MORE
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Fentanyl Detection Tool, FentAlert™, Now Available from Signature Science

Federal, state, and local government agencies need a device for rapid, accurate detection of fentanyl to use while wearing protective gear. AUSTIN, TEXAS – October 10, 2023 – Signature Science, LLC is now offering FentAlert™ to assist federal, state, and local government agencies on the front lines of the fentanyl... MORE
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Signature Science’s Michelle Peck Receives ASCLD’s 2023 Forensic Research Committee (FRC) Outstanding Evaluation/Validation Award for...

American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) award recognizes exemplary method validation benefitting the forensic science casework practitioners. AUSTIN, TEXAS – May 18, 2023 – Signature Science, LLC is pleased to announce that the Forensic Research Committee of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) has selected Michelle Peck... MORE
FunSoCs Biosecurity Paper Published i Frotiers inbioengineering and Biotechnology

Published in “Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology”: Improved Understanding of Biorisk for Research Involving Microbial...

Abstract Regulation of research on microbes that cause disease in humans has historically been focused on taxonomic lists of ‘bad bugs’. However, given our increased knowledge of these pathogens through inexpensive genome sequencing, 5 decades of research in microbial pathogenesis, and the burgeoning capacity of synthetic biologists, the limitations of this... MORE
April 2023

HORIZON Newsletter – April 2023

In October CAG staff completed our Developmental Validation of the Illumina® Infinium Assay Using the Global Screening Array (GSA) on the iScan System for use in Forensic Laboratories. The study was performed in accordance with the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods Validation Guidelines for DNA Analysis Methods, and was recently published in Forensic... MORE
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pracpac: Practical R Packaging with Docker

Abstract R packages are the fundamental units of reproducible code in R, providing a mechanism for distributing user-developed code, documentation, and data. Docker is a virtualization technology that allows applications and their dependencies to be distributed and run reproducibly across platforms. The pracpac package provides an interface to create Docker... MORE