Solutions for Criminal Casework
The forensic genomics solution generates the maximum information possible from criminal casework samples. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) allows crime laboratories to simultaneously analyze every locus currently in use, plus hundreds more.
Starting in the 1980s, forensics labs began using DNA testing to help decipher criminal cases that were previously unsolvable. Because DNA testing can be used to include or exclude individuals, it has become an indispensable tool.
In forensic genomics laboratories worldwide, challenging DNA samples are sometimes interrogated multiple times in an attempt to extract a full set of data. This testing might include autosomal short tandem repeat (STR) analysis, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequencing, Y-STRs, and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).
Labs might need to perform more than one assay using different technologies on limited quantity and/or poor quality samples. If the DNA testing is unsuccessful, the samples might be set aside as partial, inconclusive data. NGS changes the game.