Success Story: Introducing New Methods for DNA Analysis

Success Story: Introducing New Methods for DNA Analysis

National Institute of Justice and Midwest Research Institute


April 2015


Dr. Micah Halpern, formerly of Midwest Research Institute, used National Institute of Justice (NIJ) research grants to develop a unique genotyping method that is capable of rapidly producing source identification of samples at a crime scene. The method has the potential to reduce the number of samples sent to the lab for processing by eliminating the samples derived from the victim, and could also provide immediate information to the investigator concerning the source of each sample.

"The importance of this work is in the ideas it brought forward. It opened up new ways for the forensics community to think about how to do rapid genotyping.”

- Micah Halpern, Ph.D. | Principal Investigator Formerly, Midwest Research Institute

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.

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