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Report Examines DNA Mixture Interpretation Software Tools

NCJ Number
Techbeat Dated: April 2016 Pages: 6-9
Date Published
April 2016
4 pages
This article reviews the content of a report developed by the National Institute of Justice's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCOE) entitled, "Demystifying MIST: Landscape Report for DNA Mixture Interpretation Software Tools," which presents an overview of 13 MIST tools.

Given the volume of information available on mixture interpretation software tools (MIST), the FTCoE staff developed a "one-stop-shop" resource that presents information intended to assist forensic laboratories in deciding what MIST is best, based on its needs. The FTCoE staff interviewed manufacturers, developers, practitioners, academics, and researchers and conducted an extensive literature review in order to develop the content of the report. The key product presented in the report is a table that shows the characteristics of the 13 MIST reviewed side by side. For administrators and procurement coordinators who do not have a technical background, the overview and summary sections of the report present a non-technical perspective that helps them focus on questions to ask their forensic specialists. On the other hand, the report is highly technical in focusing on the need for a strong validation plan, and a table lists stakeholders who are willing to share their validation plan and guide laboratories just beginning the process. Since the FTCoE posted the report last summer, it has received just over 300 hits. Staff is planning to regularly update information on MIST. The report is available at https://rti.connectsolutions.com/mist/.

Date Published: April 1, 2016