NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - DNAPrint Genomics said yesterday that it is creating a nonprofit initiative aimed at providing law enforcement agencies with forensic DNA analysis for unsolved crimes.
The foundation will award funding as well as services from DNAPrint Genomics and other biotechnology companies, the company said. It will begin taking applications in January 2008, and will start awarding grants in May 2008.
The venture is called Beyond CODIS, in reference to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Combined DNA Index System, a software program that links to local, state and national DNA databases of convicted offenders, unsolved crime scene evidence, and missing persons.
Richard Gabriel, DNAPrint Genomics’ CEO, said in a statement that the company created the foundation “in order to fill the gap between federal and state funding for DNA analysis.”
The foundation will award grants, conduct seminars about applying DNA forensic analysis, work with law enforcement agencies, and provide evidence at trials, the company said.
Beyond CODIS will have a board of directors with academic, forensic, and law enforcement experience that will select cases that have “the best potential to be solved with new technology,” DNAPrint said.