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Orchid to Distribute DNAPrint Tool That Uses DNA to Find General Physical Attributes

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (GenomeWeb News) - Orchid BioSciences will distribute DNAPrint's DNAWitness, a forensic service product, the company said today.


The technology, which uses SNPs from DNA recovered from the crime scene, enables investigators to develop a "profile of a suspect's likely general physical attributes."


It was not immediately clear where Orchid would distribute the product.


"Insight into these physical attributes is generated by proprietary algorithms in DNAWitness that make it possible to determine the proportions of European, East Asian, Native American and sub-Saharan African ancestry indicated by the suspect's DNA," Orchid said in a statement.


Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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