The Illumina 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, from less than 1 nanogram of sample.
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 exclude suspected 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.
Illumina sequencing by synthesis (SBS) technology on the MiSeq FGx Forensic Genomics System streamlines forensic casework by performing multiple tests at the same time. Using this sequencing system, crime laboratories can develop a more thorough, detailed profile from degraded, mixed, and limited DNA samples.
Targeted sequencing of forensically relevant STR and SNP loci empowers you to generate leads, even on cold cases. Our fully validated forensic NGS workflow includes a dedicated library prep kit, customized benchtop sequencing instrument, and an analytical software package to efficiently take you from sample to answer.
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We recommend using your current DNA extraction and quantitation methods.
Assay approximately 200 genetic markers in a single test. Includes all reagents to prepare sequencing libraries from forensic DNA samples.
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