Introduction

MPS III – Bioinformatics

MPS III – Bioinformatics

Overview

Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is an exciting technology that holds promise for enhancing the capabilities of the forensic DNA analyst. However, there are several challenges that confront implementation of an MPS system into the crime laboratory. These include: training and education on fundamentals of the chemistry, functionality and genetic marker systems, validation criteria and study design, policy and data procedure developments related to CODIS operations, and perceived admissibility and privacy issues. This four-part webinar series will address these and other areas of interest, providing foundational information on the two available MPS systems, covering platforms and chemistries, throughput, genetic markers, bioinformatics, validation requirements, applications, and potential admissibility issues.

In this third webinar, Bioinformatics, we will discuss the different software tools available for data processing from raw data to variant identification, as well as specialized tools specifically designed for STR, mtDNA and SNP analysis. Furthermore, we will discuss the potential increased ability for mixture deconvolution and interpretation using data from the MPS platforms. These discussion will clearly identify the potential benefits this promising technology can bring to forensic science.

A certificate of completion is available for all who register and attend this webinar.

Presenters

  • Christophe Van Nesta
  • Brian Young
  • John Walsh
  • Bruce Budowle
  • Christophe Van Nesta
  • John Walsh
  • Brian Young
  • Jonathan King
  • Narasimhan (Narsi) Rajagopalan
  • Patricia Melton

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence webinar has been provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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