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DNA Analysis and CODIS Searching

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Description

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), through the NamUs program, provides funding and support to perform nuclear DNA testing, including Y-STR, and mitochondrial DNA analyses for missing and unidentified person cases from across the country.

NamUs is partnering with recognized ISO accredited CODIS laboratories across the country that are capable of developing and uploading mitochondrial DNA profiles to CODIS.

Keep reading below for a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to DNA submissions and analyses.

Submitting DNA Samples

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NamUs is partnering with recognized ISO accredited CODIS laboratories across the country that are capable of developing and uploading mitochondrial DNA profiles to CODIS.

Family Reference Samples