INTERPOL launches “I-Familia” to identify missing persons

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Interpol has launched a new global database named “I-Familia”.

About I-Familia:

  • I-Familia is a global database launched to identify missing persons through family DNA. It will help the police to solve cases in member countries.
  • Interpol applies cutting-edge scientific research and uses the DNA of relatives to identify missing persons or unidentified human remains around the world.
    • DNA kinship matching is used mostly in cases where a direct sample of the missing person is not available.
  • Components: I-Familia has three components:
    • Dedicated global database to host the DNA profiles provided by relatives. It is held separately from any criminal data;
    • DNA matching software called Bonaparte developed by Dutch company Smart Research; and
    • Interpretation guidelines developed by Interpol.

Source: The Hindu


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