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Forensic Genetics

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Goal: To support accuracy and reliability in the forensic DNA typing community through the production of reference materials, characterization of forensically relevant genetic markers, and assessment of emerging technologies.


What is NIST doing? 

  • We conduct research to advance forensic DNA methods, including laying the groundwork for using next generation DNA sequencing for human identification.
  • We develop and manufacture physical reference standards that DNA labs across the country and the world use to help ensure reliable results.

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Reference Data

Reference Material 

2391dPCR-Based DNA Profiling Standard
2372aHuman DNA Quantitation Standard
2392Mitochondrial DNA Sequencing

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NIST Publishes Review of DNA Mixture Interpretation Methods

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published DNA Mixture Interpretation: A Scientific Foundation Review. This draft report, which

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Created September 21, 2022, Updated February 1, 2024