Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $499,967)
A commonly used material for the collection and storage of biolgical evidentiary samples is FTA paper. Although FTA paper is effective for long-term room-temperature storage of DNA, there is no single automation solution that covers all the steps of sample handling and preparation for DNA analysis. The goal of this project is to build a bench-top prototype that demonstrates proof-of-concept for automation of the entire FTA workflow (i.e., FTA card in and DNA out). The research will focus on solutions that offer improvement in the overall throughput and reproducibility of the process. The resulting system developed will be compatible with the regulations, workflow, and requirements of a high-throughput forensic laboratory.
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