Dear Editor: After over a decade of operation, the National DNA Index System (NDIS) continues to grow in importance and size  . While the STR DNA technology has remained relatively consistent, other key aspects of the NDIS program have been reevaluated and revisions implemented. For example, based upon recommendations of the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued revised Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) for Forensic DNA Testing and Databasing Laboratories that took effect July 1, 2009  . The FBI Laboratory also embarked on an examination of the standards, procedures and policies governing NDIS to ensure that such processes were not impeding the efficient uploading of quality DNA data to NDIS. Consistent with these reviews, the FBI also launched a review of the current Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) core loci to determine if additional loci should be included in the CODIS core to facilitate greater discrimination, assist missing person investigations and promote compatibility for international data sharing efforts.</P>In November 1997, the FBI's original STR Standardization Project recommended the 13 CODIS core loci  now required for DNA data uploaded to NDIS. At that time, one of
Forensic Science International: Genetics – Elsevier
Published: Jan 1, 2012
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