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NCJ Number: NCJ 241077     Find in a Library
Title: STRBase: A Short Random Repeat DNA Database for the Human Identity Testing Community
Author(s): Christian M. Ruitberg ; Dennis J. Reeder ; John M. Butler
  Journal: Nucleic Acids Research  Volume:29  Issue:1  Dated:2001  Pages:320 to 322
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 3
  Annotation: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has compiled and maintained a Short Tandem Repeat DNA Internet Database since 1997, commonly referred to as STRBase; this paper describes the content of STRBase, access to it, and data acquisition.
Abstract: The information in STRBase is in three sections: general, forensic, and supplemental information. Information that describes each commonly used STR marker forms the core of STRBase in a format called STR fact sheets. These fact sheets are composed of four sections: general information, PCR primers used, PCR product sizes, and additional information. The general information section describes other names commonly used for the STR locus, its chromosomal location, the sequence of the core STR repeat unit, the GenBank accession number, and the number of repeat units in the reference sequences. The second section of these fact sheets, PCR primers used, lists the sequence for published primers, or the amplification kits in which the primer set is available for commercial primers. The PCR product section provides the length and sequence of an amplicon generated by using each primer set listed in the PCR primer section. The FBI has selected 13 loci for the CODIS database, which will be used for linking serial crimes and unsolved cases with repeat offenders nationwide. A chromosomal map in STRBase shows the location of each core locus, with links to STR fact sheets, which are available for all 13 CODIS core loci. Regarding supplemental information in STRBase, just over 1,300 references that pertain to STRs and their application to forensic DNA typing have been collected from journals, conference proceedings, book chapters, and other sources. The short tandem repeat DNA database is available throughout the world at The information contained in STRBase is taken from published works on short tandem repeats used for DNA typing purposes. The literature is regularly searched for new publications, and updates are periodically made. 3 figures and 5 references
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): Computer aided operations ; Victim identification ; Suspect identification ; Investigative techniques ; DNA fingerprinting ; Databases ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 99-IJ-R-A094
Type: Program/Project Description
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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