NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Ananomouse said today that the US Department of Justice has taken a worldwide, unlimited license for its Bloodhound kinship analysis software.
Ananomouse said that the DOJ will use the software “in support of, and as a complement to” the Federal Bureau of Investigations' Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS.
Bloodhound analyzes short tandem repeats to identify individuals and was designed to work in a range of applications such as mass fatality incidents or missing person searches.
The license with the DOJ includes an endowment of the underlying Bloodhound intellectual property “in perpetuity for humanitarian purposes,” the company said.
“The FBI is continuously seeking to develop and incorporate the best solutions for the future of forensics and for law enforcement in general,” said Thomas Callaghan, chief of the FBI’s CODIS unit, in a statement. “Ananomouse’s technology and insight is a valuable asset to our efforts.”