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Landscape Study of DNA Mixture Interpretation Software

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Date Published
July 2015
39 pages

This report provides a "landscape" view (a comprehensive list of market participants, their products, and product features) of currently available DNA mixture interpretation software tools and factors impacting their implementation and use.


The report cites exemplary situations that illustrate successful adoption of DNA mixture interpretation software and identifies issues that should be considered in implementing these tools. In addition, it compares the capabilities of available DNA mixture interpretation software tools. Among the topics addressed are software features, validation considerations, technical support, and training options. The content of this report derives from discussions with experts in the state-of-the-art of this technology, including laboratory practitioners, stakeholders, technology developers, academics, and key decisionmakers in the selection of forensic tools. In addition, secondary sources were reviewed, including journal and industry literature, with attention to information related to the need, successful use, developmental validation, and adoption criteria for DNA mixture interpretation software tools. 4 tables, 1 figure, and a listing of additional resources by topic

Date Published: July 1, 2015