European Consortium to Validate NGS Toolkit for Analyzing Phenotypes in Forensics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — A European consortium of forensic geneticists is working to develop and validate standard next-generation sequencing tools for DNA phenotyping and biogeographical ancestry testing.
The Visible Attributes through Genomics (VISAGE) Consortium involves forensic geneticists at academic research and police laboratories from eight European countries. The project, which launched last year with EUR 5 million ($6 million) over four years from the Horizon 2020 EU research and innovation program, aims to validate NGS tools for identifying the appearance, age, and ancestry of unknown perpetrators using DNA evidence.