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Using cutting-edge science to solve cases and prevent acts of crime and terror.

That’s what the FBI Laboratory has been about since 1932, when our first crime lab was born. Today, it’s a full-service operation, with some 500 scientific experts and special agents working in a state-of-the-art facility in rural Virginia, traveling the world over on assignment and providing forensic exams, technical support, expert witness testimony, and advanced training to Bureau personnel and partners around the globe. Whether it’s examining DNA to help determine guilt or innocence…analyzing the fingerprints left at a crime scene…or linking exploded bomb fragments to terrorists, the men and women of the FBI Laboratory are dedicated to using the rigors of science to protect and defend the nation.

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Biometric Analysis
- Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)
- Federal DNA Database
- Latent Print
- Mitochondrial DNA
- Nuclear DNA

Forensic Response
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological, & Nuclear Sciences
- Crime Scene Documentation
- Evidence Response Team
- Hazardous Evidence Response
- Operational Projects
- Scientific Response
- Technical Hazards Response 

Forensic Science Support
- Evidence Control
- Forensic Imaging

Scientific Analysis
- Chemistry
- Counterterrorism & Forensic Science Research
- Cryptanalysis & Racketeering
- Firearms/Toolmarks
- Questioned Documents 
- Trace Evidence

Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC)
 
- Explosives

More About Us
- Laboratory Annual Report
- Forensic Services Handbook (pdf)
- Forensic Science Communication
- Scientific Working Groups
- News and Features
- Laboratory Positions
- Visiting Scientist Program


Analyzing Evidence
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Inside TEDAC
The Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center has examined more than 100,000 IEDs in its first decade. Details
Scientific Review
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Microscopic Hair Analysis
The FBI, with DOJ, is engaged in a review of scientific testimony by Bureau Lab examiners in cases involving microscopic hair comparisons. Details
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