Success Story: Bringing Short Tandem Repeat DNA Identification to Law Enforcement

Success Story: Bringing Short Tandem Repeat DNA Identification to Law Enforcement

National Institute of Justice, UC Berkeley, and IntegenX


April 2015


Dr. Richard Mathies, chemist and professor at UC, Berkeley, was awarded NIJ funding to develop faster, more reliable, higher throughput, more sensitive, and more integrated technologies for forensic STR DNA identification. An IntegenX RapidHIT™ DNA analysis system can produce standardized DNA profiles from buccal swabs and other human samples in less than 90 minutes. Widespread use of rapid DNA systems will help law enforcement agencies save time, money, and manpower.

“Ultimately, I think the most powerful application of this technology is going to be performing immediate analysis on DNA samples that are taken when people are arrested for felonies, because it will help keep serial criminals off the streets.”

- Richard Mathies, Ph.D. | Chemist and Professor UC Berkeley

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence success story was 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 success story are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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