NIST Publication of STR Sequence Frequency Data Paves Way for NGS in Forensics

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SAN FRANCISCO (GenomeWeb) – In an effort to spur the adoption of next-generation sequencing in forensics, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has published US population sequence data for 27 autosomal short tandem repeats, including the 20 core loci used in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database.

The NIST researchers published the STR sequences for 1,036 individuals in the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics last month.