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Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2008 Jun;2(3):159-65. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2007.11.007. Epub 2008 Feb 1.

FaSTR DNA: a new expert system for forensic DNA analysis.

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Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd., Mt Albert Science Centre, Private Bag 92021, Auckland, New Zealand.

Abstract

The automation of DNA profile analysis of reference and crime samples continues to gain pace driven in part by a realisation by the criminal justice system of the positive impact DNA technology can have in aiding in the solution of crime and the apprehension of suspects. Expert systems to automate the profile analysis component of the process are beginning to be developed. In this paper, we report the validation of a new expert system FaSTR DNA, an expert system suitable for the analysis of DNA profiles from single source reference samples and from crime samples. We compare the performance of FaSTR DNA with that of other equivalent systems, GeneMapper ID v3.2 (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA) and FSS-i(3) v4 (The Forensic Science Service((R)) DNA expert System Suite FSS-i(3), Forensic Science Service, Birmingham, UK) with GeneScan Analysis v3.7/Genotyper v3.7 software (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA) with manual review. We have shown that FaSTR DNA provides an alternative solution to automating DNA profile analysis and is appropriate for implementation into forensic laboratories. The FaSTR DNA system was demonstrated to be comparable in performance to that of GeneMapper ID v3.2 and superior to that of FSS-i(3) v4 for the analysis of DNA profiles from crime samples.

PMID:
19083817
DOI:
10.1016/j.fsigen.2007.11.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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