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Maximize results with the proven performance of CE and the power of NGS

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, we’re committed to helping you get more answers from your samples with our integrated capillary electrophoresis–next-generation sequencing (CE-NGS) forensic workflow solutions.

Whether you’re analyzing a challenging or a routine sample, you can count on our 3,700+ sales, service, and technical support specialists to provide answers that add simplicity, scalability, and speed to your workflow—enabling you to analyze your most difficult cases with complete confidence.

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Featured forensic DNA analysis products

The Applied Biosystems 3500 Series genetic analyzers are widely used for forensic DNA analysis. They offer superior data quality, variable throughput support, and reagent tracking.

SeqStudio Genetic Analyzer

The new Applied Biosystems SeqStudio Genetic Analyzer is a low-throughput, easy-to-use, and convenient benchtop system that delivers gold-standard CE technology with just a simple click. Get the same data quality, service, and support you’ve come to expect from Applied Biosystems technology with a modernized experience at an affordable price. Paired with our highly discriminating Applied Biosystems STR kits and GeneMapper IDX software suite, our capillary electrophoresis platforms answer your need for consistent results, case after case.

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The Applied Biosystems Precision ID NGS System for human identification can help you solve tough cases by getting more information from your challenging samples. By combining the Ion Chef System and either the Ion S5 or the Ion S5 XL Systems with Applied Biosystems Precision ID panels that include forensically relevant markers, adopting NGS in your laboratory is now simpler than ever.

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Forensic DNA analysis of highly degraded samples

From understanding how body decomposition affects forensic DNA analysis to simulating IED explosions with the goal of finding touch amounts of DNA, Sheree Hughes-Stamm, PhD from Sam Houston State University describes her work on optimizing DNA extraction and STR analysis methods, and when to apply next-generation sequencing to her studies.

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Applied Biosystems GlobalFiler STR PCR amplification kits combine reduced amplification time with maximum data recovery power. As part of the only fully integrated and validated forensic workflow, this breakthrough 6-dye, 24-locus technology is designed to deliver superior lab performance so you can do more with less.

The Applied Biosystems Yfiler Plus PCR Amplification Kit also leverages 6-Dye technology and contains 27 Y-STR markers that are valuable to use when evidence samples are difficult to resolve with traditional autosomal STR analysis, due to low amounts of male DNA present in a high background of female DNA.

STR analysis

The Precision ID GlobalFiler NGS STR Panels include the same 21 autosomal STRs along with Y markers and amelogenin sex markers found in the Applied Biosystems GlobalFiler PCR Amplification Kit. In place of SE33, the Precision ID GlobalFiler NGS STR Panels contain additional multiallellic STR markers, including Penta D and Penta E in the v2 panel for the Ion S5 System, to aid in mixture interpretation of complex casework samples.

The Precision ID GlobalFiler NGS STR Panel v2 is specifically designed for sequencing on the Ion S5 and Ion S5 XL Systems. Library preparation can be performed manually, on a robotic platform, or on the Ion Chef System, with template preparation optimized for the Ion Chef System.

The Precision ID GlobalFiler NGS STR Panel is currently available for use with manual library preparation, template preparation on the Ion Chef System or the Ion OneTouch 2 System, and sequencing only on the Ion PGM System. 

mtDNA analysis

The Applied Biosystems Precision ID mtDNA Whole Genome Panel uses an innovative approach to mitochondrial DNA sequencing specifically developed for forensic applications. This mtDNA tiling approach includes two primer pools of 81 small amplicons in each pool, with an average size of 163 bp to assist with obtaining optimal mitochondrial genome coverage data from highly compromised, degraded samples such as hair shafts, teeth, and bones.

Precision ID mtDNA Control Region Panel uses the same mtDNA tiling approach used in the Ion AmpliSeq mtDNA Whole Genome Panel. This targeted control region panel contains two smaller sets of primer pools with 7 amplicons each that span the 1.2 kb control region, which encompasses HV-I, II, and III.

SNP analysis

The Applied Biosystems Precision ID Ancestry Panel includes 165 autosomal markers (SNPs) that can provide you with biogeographic ancestry information and guide your investigation process.

The Applied Biosystems Precision ID Identity Panel, comprising 124 markers, provides discrimination of individuals similar to STR genotype match probabilities used by forensic analysts.

Our Human Identification Professional Services (HPS) team has been helping customers like you successfully navigate the validation process required to bring new technologies into operation. At the core of our offerings are services designed to help forensic DNA labs integrate, validate, and implement new methodologies and technologies.


Human identification webinars

Learn how to streamline your sexual assault sample processing workflow—Alison Holt, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Human Identification Professional Services Workflow Validation: Quantifiler Trio kit and GlobalFiler kit—Joanne B. Sgueglia, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Interpreting Y-STR data for challenging casework and presenting the data in court—Prof. Dr. Lutz Roewer, Institute of Legal Medicine  at Charité-University of Medicine, Germany and Prof. Dr. Franz Neuhuber, Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Salzburg, Austria

Adapting next-generation sequencing (NGS) for forensics is not a paradigm shift—Dr. Bruce Budowle, University of North Texas Health Science Center, USA

Introducing mitochondrial DNA sequencing by NGS technology—Dr. Walther Parson, Institute of Legal Medicine at Innsbruck Medical University, Austria

Accelerate your forensic DNA analyses with Ion Torrent NGS automation—Joseph Chang, Thermo Fisher Scientific


Learn more from our library of Human Identification Resources.