Tracking the violent criminal offender through DNA typing profiles--a national database system concept.

F. S. Baechtel, K. L. Monson, G. E. Forsen, B. Budowle, J. J. Kearney

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Abstract

Implementation of standard methods for the conduct of restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis into the protocols of United States crime laboratories offers an unprecedented opportunity for the establishment of a national computer database system to enable interchange of DNA typing information. The FBI Laboratory, in concert with crime laboratory representatives, has taken the initiative in planning and implementing such a database system. The Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) will be composed of three sub-indices: a statistical database, which will contain frequencies of DNA fragment alleles in various population groups; an investigative database which will enable linkage of violent crimes through a common subject; and a convicted felon database that will serve to maintain DNA typing profiles for comparison to profiles developed from violent crimes where the suspect may be unknown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-360
Number of pages5
JournalEXS
Volume58
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

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