Joint Enfsiswgdam Assessment On The Future Of Snps

In the spring of 2004, the DNA working group of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) and the U.S. based Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) jointly issued an assessment of whether SNPs will replace STRs in national DNA databases. The conclusion arrived at was that 'it is unlikely that SNPs will replace STRs as the preferred method of testing of forensic samples and database samples in the near to medium future' (Gill et al. 2004). The assessment goes on to praise the capabilities of SNPs for specific purposes including mass disaster and paternity analysis and comments on the need for standardization of SNP loci used for human identity testing applications.


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