Focus Area:

Forensic Exploitation

Project Cost:


Project Duration:

24 months


Kailos Genetics, Huntsville, AL


Three fully functional DNA Radar systems, one Illumina MiSeq, and 150 reagent kits.

End User:

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Forensic Science Center


The DNA radar system provides an inference of identifiers from human DNA samples of unknown individuals. It harnesses a powerful sample preparation technique that enables multiplexing of a large number of genetic regions for high throughput sequencing. The ultimate objective is to positively identify persons from DNA whose samples/profiles are not already in a DNA database. The DNA Radar System allows for the prediction of surnames from samples by exploiting the genes on the Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA. DNA Radar can simultaneously analyze a sample to determine the FBI Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) 21 forensic markers, ancestry markers (Kidd 45 & 55 marker set), eye color, hair color, and blood group of an unknown individual of interest.

Operational Impact:

The proposed system will develop new methods for advanced DNA analysis to assist with investigative leads and targeting exploiting Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).


Distributed to DFSC and the FBI.