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In addition to the Forensic Index and the Offender Index, CODIS also contains a Population Index and a Missing Persons Index.

The Population Index contains allele frequency data and DNA profiles from anonymous people. This index is used to estimate statistical probabilities of DNA profiles within major population groups.

The Missing Persons Index contains DNA profiles from unidentified human remains as well as the known relatives of missing people. The index is used to identify remains and to bring resolution to their cases.

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