US Researchers has been awarded with $825,000 to evaluate the use of NGS technology for forensic applications.
Pennsylvania State University will work in conjunction with the Battelle Memorial Institute, the lead institution on the grant, and 6 other laboratories. As the sole university partner, Penn State will be performing evaluations of forensic investigative tools that will expand the capabilities of forensic DNA laboratories.
The grant will test the feasibility of new instruments, laboratory materials and software tools in the field of DNA-based forensics. The study’s aim is to vet tools using next generation sequencing technology and implement them into working crime laboratories.
According to the grant abstract, DNA samples are provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. They will be sequenced using Illumina’s MiSeq platform or Life Technologies’ Ion PGM Sequencing System.
The laboratories hope to be able to get tools that use NGS into working crime laboratories to replace current less-informative forensic methods. The new technology will increase efficiency in forensic work and could also help generate investigative leads and identify individuals with only traces of genetic evidence.
Visit forensics.psu.edu/research for more information about the Department of Forensic Science at Pennsylvania State University.