More conclusive results in forensic testing are now a practical reality thanks to advances in genomics. Illumina technology and informatics deliver far more insight from DNA than traditional methods, with a much higher resolution than ever before possible. You’ll find the answers you need efficiently with a greater degree of certainty.
In forensic genomics laboratories worldwide, challenging DNA samples must sometimes be interrogated multiple times to attempt to extract a full set of data. If this is unsuccessful, the samples might be set aside as partial, inconclusive data.
Illumina sequencing by synthesis (SBS) technology on the MiSeq FGx Forensic Genomics System analyzes all global short tandem repeats (STRs). It also addresses nearly 200 forensically relevant single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). This is all done with one simple, unified workflow, from less than 1 ng of sample. Learn more about forensic DNA testing for criminal casework »
Illumina SBS technology remedies the problem of "limited real estate" faced by length-based genotyping via capillary electrophoresis. This is because SBS imposes no relevant limit on the number of loci that can be simultaneously analyzed. With the MiSeq FGx System, crime laboratories can simultaneously analyze every locus now in use, plus hundreds more. Learn more about forensic profiling for DNA databases »
mtDNA analysis is used to extract genetic data from small forensic samples found in less than ideal condition. SBS has the potential to transform this process, with the MiSeq FGx capable of indexing 96 samples in one sequencing run. Its simple one-step workflow efficiently delivers results, which can help speed investigations.
Illumina next-generation sequencing (NGS) also provides deep coverage of areas of interest. With this technology, research scientists can now analyze human samples even hundreds and thousands of years old. The information can unlock secrets about long vanished individuals. Learn more about mtDNA analysis to identify missing persons »
The goal of genetic analysis of samples from a mass fatality is to extract as much genetic information as possible from highly compromised samples. Analysts must evaluate the evidentiary material and decide which assay method to perform. Choosing one assay often precludes the ability to perform another. With Illumina NGS, these tradeoffs are eliminated. Learn more about disaster victim identification »
View an introduction to next-generation sequencing (NGS) and its applications for forensic genomics.
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Hear from Dr Bruce Budowle about the future of Forensic Genomics.