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Crime Wire: Dr. Ellen Graytek, Snapshot DNA Phenotyping

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What is the Parabon Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service?

Snapshot, built with funding from the US Department of Defense, is a revolutionary new forensic DNA analysis service that accurately predicts the physical appearance and ancestry of an unknown person from DNA.  It can also determine kinship between DNA samples out to six degrees of relatedness.  Snapshot is ideal for generating investigative leads, narrowing suspect lists, and identifying unknown remains.


Dr. Ellen Graytek explains how Snapshot is assisting investigators in solving crimes. One way of using Snapshot technology can narrow down the suspect pool and save law enforcment agencies man-hours and money by identifying predicted traits unique to the suspect if DNA is available.