Combined DNA Index System

Combined DNA Index System

Combined DNA Index System

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about Combined DNA Index System in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Imagine a law enforcement tool that can take biological information from a crime scene, enter it into a computer, and obtain information sufficient to tentatively identify a suspect for investigation. Similar to automated fingerprinting systems, genetic profiles can be obtained from a crime scene, people (to include victims or offenders), or items belonging to missing persons. The Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) is a computerized, hierarchical system that allows the entry and storage of genetic profiles for law enforcement purposes. The system was initially developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1990 and operated on a limited basis. The DNA Identification Act of 1994 provided the FBI with the authorization to expand the project on a national level and it was four years later, in October 1998, the National DNA Index System (NDIS) officially went online.

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