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National Institute of Justice Awards Bode Technology Missing Persons Grant
Date:7/17/2013

LORTON, Va., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bode Technology Group, Inc. (Bode), a leading provider of forensic DNA services, announced today their award of a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) titled, "Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing." The NIJ grant will fund the nuclear (STR) and mitochondrial DNA testing of unidentified human remains and/or family reference samples from state and local governments in an effort to identify missing persons. Once DNA profiles are obtained, they are uploaded to the FBI's National DNA Index System (NDIS), and relevant case information is entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). Bode was previously awarded two other NIJ missing persons grants, and under this funding source has successfully completed over 700 cases that have led to the identification and closure of many missing persons cases.

Bruce Anderson, a forensic anthropologist with Pima County's Office of the Medical Examiner in Tucson, Arizona, said, "The PCOME has benefited greatly from the work that Bode Technology has performed on the nearly 1,100 tissue samples representing more than 800 deceased, unidentified persons, the vast majority who are believed to be foreign nationals and likely could not be identified without the postmortem DNA profiles that have already been generated.  For some of the non-migrant cases, Bode has developed DNA profiles on several dozen other unidentified person cases that date back to the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s when the current DNA technologies were unavailable.  The PCOME has many more cases waiting to be submitted to Bode and has great hope that the appropriate personal or family reference samples will soon be compared to these and the nearly 900 other postmortem DNA profiles that Bode has already developed on o
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