Andhra Pradesh police launches pilot project on DNA profiling

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With an aim to tightening the noose around criminals, Andhra Pradesh Police on Saturday launched DNA Index System (DIS), the first-of-its-kind initiative that allows generation of DNA profiles from live samples like saliva and blood stains.

The system uses the latest DNA technology tool called RapidHIT developed by IntegenX of USA.

The DIS allows generation of DNA profiles using buccal swabs, blood stains, saliva and other live samples in less than two hours.

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Generation of a DNA profile takes two or more days with the technologies so far available.

The AP Police launched a pilot, to test the efficacy of the DIS, to generate DNA profiles of a batch of convicts and suspects involved in various crimes, a release from the Chief Minister’s Office said.

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“DNA profiling plays a crucial role in solving crimes and also has the potential to link a series of crimes by placing the suspects by linking them with the crime scene. It could also help the suspects prove their innocence,” the release added.

“Our aim is to make AP a crime-free state and the DIS is a proactive policing measure using the latest technology in forensic labs,” Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on the occasion.

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Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa, Director General of Police (in charge) N Sambasiva Rao, Forensic advisor to government P C Gandhi, IntegenX CEO Anand Gupta, former official of Florida Police Department Roy Swiger and other officials were present on the occasion.

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