Enabling justice and closure
Human identification and forensics

Enabling justice and closure

Bring reassurance and confirmation to survivors of sexual violence

Sexual assaults are a serious public safety concern and represent a significant percentage of cases examined by crime laboratories and forensic scientists (≥ 50%). A UN report from 2015 estimated that 1 in 3 women, or nearly 35% women globally, experience sexual assault at some point in their lives. Sexual assault victims often do not get the necessary closure they require due to the lack of informative and conclusive results from challenging DNA evidence. Issues related to DNA mixtures, degraded and low levels of DNA, PCR inhibitors and even available laboratory resources to process samples in a timely manner, can all impede successful completion of necessary casework. To help overcome these challenges, QIAGEN is partnering with forensic scientists worldwide and enabling justice by streamlining sexual assault sample analysis. We provide dedicated products and protocols for every step of the workflow, from differential extraction to STR analysis.

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Y-STR Analysis
A new, advanced approach to Y-STR analysis

Streamline your sexual assault sample analysis and get reliable results in even the toughest PCR conditions with the new Investigator Argus Y-28 QS Kit. Get maximum discrimination capacity with our unique set of markers, along with superior sensitivity, straightforward DNA quality assessment and best-in-class PCR chemistry. Be the first to add this exciting new tool to your workflow.

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Reduce costs and rework in your STR workflow
Interested in increasing STR throughput in your lab while reducing costs? Read how the French Gendarmerie streamlined their STR analysis workflow with a quick DNA quantification step using our Investigator Quantiplex Pro Kit.
Speed up the resolution of sexual assault cases

Discover how our comprehensive product portfolio and dedicated workflows can expedite your sexual assault sample analysis.


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EZ1 and QIAcube work together in sexual assault case
Since its launch, the EZ1 instrument has continued to take sample prep to new heights, allowing even the most challenging samples to be successfully processed. Discover how to accelerate EZ1 Advanced XL processing of mixed epithelial and sperm cells by replacing the transfer and pellet wash steps with an automated QIAcube Connect protocol.

QIAcube Connect dramatically increases sample throughput

A crucial step in sexual assault sample processing is the effective lysis and careful separation of the sperm and epithelial fractions. Our specially designed differential wash protocols on the QIAcube Connect rise to meet this challenge, helping you get the most out of difficult samples. Hear how Maria Cownan, Criminalist II, City and County of San Francisco, uses the QIAcube to increase the throughput of sexual assault sample processing.

Make sample processing easy

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