By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

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.

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