NDIS Approval Creates New Options in the Backlog Battle

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The FBI's national DNA Index System (NDIS) recently approved the FSS-i3(TM) DNA Expert System for reviewing data and uploading convicted offender profiles to CODIS. This approval smooths the way for crime laboratories to incorporate FSS-i3 software into their operations as well.



    The approval results from a request by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). In a move to streamline data review, FDLE plans to incorporate the new automated software into its operations. Florida will use the FSS-i3 Expert System software for data review of offender samples.

Demands placed on forensic laboratories have greatly increased fueled by the widespread acceptance of DNA typing. Automation has helped to make downstream DNA processing steps such as sample preparation more efficient; however, backlogs still occur at the end of process when the profiles are analyzed.

The automation software was first developed and used by the Forensic Science Service(R) (FSS) in the United Kingdom to manage their heavy volume of samples. A world leader in the development of DNA database and automation, the UK's FSS processes nearly 500,000 DNA samples each year.

Last year the FSS appointed Promega Corporation as its distributor in the USA. Promega now provides sales, service, and software training to crime labs throughout the US.

About Promega

Promega Corporation is a leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to the life sciences industry. The company's 1,450 products enable scientists worldwide to advance their knowledge in genomics, proteomics, cellular analysis, molecular diagnostics and human identification. Founded in 1978, the company is headquartered in Madison, WI, USA with branches in 12 countries and 54 global distributors. Annual sales exceed $190 million. For more information about Promega, visit http://www.promega.com.

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