Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $101,639)
Orchid Cellmark has the expertise to optimize success with difficult samples such as exhumed bones and unidentified human remains. OCI implemented a novel DNA isolation procedure that significantly improves the likelihood of obtaining a DNA profile from compromised or degraded skeletal remains. OCI offers this capability to state and local law enforcement agencies to improve the probability of identifying missing persons. For this application, they are partnering with the CA DOJ to perform testing on 50 bone, tooth, and/or tissue samples submitted by them.