Parabon NanoLabs has secured a contract from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to help identify unknown soldier remains from a past missions.

Under the terms of the agreement, the company will supply Snapshot Kinship Inference software to help the US Army Research Office and the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency (DFBA) identify defence-related DNA forensics.

The company will work with the armed forces DNA identification laboratory (AFDIL) to evaluate genotyping for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) on highly degraded samples, since SNP genotypes are critical for Snapshot analysis.

"We look forward to delivering Snapshot technology that will help AFDIL with this important mission."

Parabon co-founder and principal investigator for the project Dr Steven Armentrout said: "It is an honour to be selected for this project and we look forward to delivering Snapshot technology that will help AFDIL with this important mission."

The Snapshot software can predict appearances and lineage up to six degrees from DNA evidence. It will be re-modelled to work on a larger number of reference samples, and increase the kinship distances it can predict.

The contract is expected to enable the US DoD to identify the remains of roughly 83,000 missing soldiers from World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the Cold War.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.