Cold Case Hope: New “DNA Boost” Technology Separates Mixed-Up DNA Evidence

March 24, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Telegraph reports today of a groundbreaking new software program that is expected to help forensic scientists identify and separate mixed DNA samples collected from a crime scene. England’s Forensic Science Service created the new software, dubbed “DNA Boost,” which is expected to help police detectives solve old cold case files that have unidentified DNA samples. Forensic scientists were unable, until now to unscramble mixed-up DNA samples left on surfaces from various suspects. The identification of a suspect, using the unscrambled DNA can lead to new arrests.

The new computer software works by solving the puzzle of matching “pairs” of the DNA samples. Once the DNA samples are separated and identified, the large database of four million people, who have their DNA information on file, can evaluate them for possible identification. A DNA profile is unique to each individual like a fingerprint.

The Forensic Science Service claims the DNA Boost software produces very few false positive results. Investigators are excited by this new crime-solving tool, which will widen the pool of potential suspects in criminal cases.


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  4. John on February 10th, 2011 3:38 pm

    question: My son was murdered in 2009. The police recovered mixed DNA from the gun which was left at the scene. They tell me there is no way to seperate to indentify the individual donors. How do I contact a lab that may be able to do this?

    Feel free to e mail me at jehjrln111@aol.com if you have a legitimate answer.

    Thanks

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