Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $116,000)
The Oklahoma City Police Forensic DNA laboratory continues to see an increase in case submission requests (approx. 25% growth since 2012) and is seeking to continue streamlining DNA laboratory workflow and capacity through upgraded instrumentation and replacement of STR chemistry.
Building on robotic automation upgrades purchased during previous awards, the laboratory seeks to continue to improve capabilities by the purchase and validation of a new expanded core loci STR kit to assist in complying with NDIS recommendations that participating laboratories transition to expanded core kits (e.g. Global Filer, Fusion 6C) by 2017.
Utilizing award funds to complete this project will allow the laboratory to function at capacity and simultaneously transition into the required chemistry within the required time frame.
The laboratory is presently using thermal cyclers purchased over 15 years ago. These instruments are no longer supported, and the intent is to replace these instruments with currently supported technology capable of handling larger batch plate amplification.