Life Technologies' GlobalFiler Express Kit approved for use in National DNA Index System
Global Filer Express Kit
Life Technologies Corp. announced on October 11 that its Global Filer Express Kit has been approved by the FBI for use by laboratories generating DNA profiles for inclusion in the National DNA Index System (NDIS) CODIS Database.
NDIS manages the Federal CODIS forensic DNA database, which facilitates the electronic comparison and exchange of DNA profiles between participating local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories.
The GlobalFiler Express Kit is the first NDIS approved, fully validated 6-dye system, which can be utilized for the rapid analysis of forensic DNA samples, delivering sample-to-answer in two hours, says the company. Introduced in the fall of 2012, the GlobalFiler Express Kit provides the ability to increase the number of genetic markers obtained from forensic samples by more than 30 percent to 24, with a processing time that is five times faster than other solutions currently on the market.
"Obtaining NDIS approval is an important part of Life Technologies' commitment to provide superior rapid DNA technologies to the law enforcement community worldwide," said Nadia Altomare, vice president and general manager for Life Technologies’ human identification business. "The GlobalFiler Express Kit has proven to be a transformative solution for forensic labs, because of its speed and power in comparing DNA data, which ultimately leads to solving and preventing more crimes."
"DNA examiners were able to use the Global Filer Express Kit to process a known reference sample from the suspect in a fraction of the time," said Kris Cano, forensic laboratory manager for the Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department’s crime laboratory. “This allowed the laboratory to connect a suspect to forensic evidence of an unknown sexual assault case."
To date, 44 countries have now implemented criminal offender DNA database programs with a combined offender sample pool of 40 million and growing. The GlobalFiler Express Kit is the only commercially available forensic genotyping kit that contains all markers recommended for inclusion by the CODIS Core Loci Working Group, including all markers commonly used in most international databases, says the company.