NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Promega today said that its PowerPlex 18D system has received approval for use by labs generating DNA records for the National DNA Index System.
The NDIS is part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Combined DNA Index System. It contains several million offender and forensic DNA profiles contributed by federal, state, and local forensic labs used to identify criminals.
Promega launched the PowerPlex 18D system this past February. The system is an 18-locus, multiplex STR amplification system designed for rapid DNA typing from offender database and familial relationship samples. According to Promega, the system provides direct amplification, eliminating the need for a separate DNA extraction step, while providing a thermal cycling time of less than 90 minutes.