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Verogen and Gene by Gene Form Groundbreaking Partnership to Accelerate Adoption of Forensic Genetic Genealogy

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Verogen, Inc. and Gene by Gene today announced a partnership to accelerate the adoption of forensic genetic genealogy. Under the agreement, Gene by Gene, parent company of FamilyTreeDNA, will support DNA downloads generated from the Verogen ForenSeq Kintelligence Kit, the only ANAB-accredited technology approved for forensic investigative genetic genealogy. -legal (FIGG). This partnership effectively doubles the number of profiles available for FIGG matching. Leveraging knowledge from the database, scientists from both organizations will also create superior algorithms and software that increase the likelihood of generating downloadable single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) profiles and reduce bioinformatics costs enabling flow normalization. of work FIGG.

FIGG is a DNA-based investigative technique that leverages next-generation genotyping and sequencing technologies to identify perpetrators of violent crimes, exonerate the innocent, and identify missing persons. Verogen’s GEDmatch database and Gene by Gene’s pedigree database are the only databases that enable FIGG and have cumulatively helped solve over 500 cold cases that were previously considered unsolvable. This long-term partnership aims to ensure that all downloads adhere to the terms set forth by Verogen and Gene by Gene, including existing requirements to enroll in the DNA Witness Program to appear as a family connection, and standardize options for analysis and bioinformatics. methods.

“Verogen strives to deliver cutting-edge, operationally relevant DNA sequencing workflows to forensic laboratories through our own innovations as well as strategic partnerships that enhance our offerings,” said Brett. Williams, CEO of Verogen. “The launch of ForenSeq Kintelligence has given public crime labs a cost-effective solution that minimizes general medical confidentiality concerns and is aligned with forensic quality assurance standards. Currently, FIGG is expensive and slow. Applying database context to create best-in-class toolsets for commonly used methods, such as imputation, and enabling labs to upload ForenSeq Kintelligence profiles to the Gene by Gene database , this partnership will lead to a significant change in efficiency and analysis time. ”

“Verogen and Gene by Gene are committed to ensuring that all law enforcement agencies, regardless of size or budget, have the ability to use FIGG as a resource,” said Dr. Lior. Rauchberger, CEO of Gene by Gene. “By combining our unique areas of expertise, we will offer advanced technologies such as whole genome sequencing to key partners and eliminate bottlenecks with optimized, transparent and accessible IT tools. Enabling ForenSeq Kintelligence downloads in the Gene by Gene database maximizes the impact of a workflow that many in the forensic community are validating.

About Verogen

Verogen is a specialist developer of DNA-based human biometric identification products for the analysis of forensic genomic samples. Working closely with the forensic community, Verogen places exceptional value on flexible and scalable solutions that deliver reliable results. To learn more, visit www.verogen.com.

About Gene by Gene

Founded in 2000, Gene by Gene, Ltd. pioneered the direct-to-consumer genetic genealogy industry and now provides genetic testing services to a wide range of consumers and institutional clients through its four divisions focused on Ancestry, Health, research and authorship. Gene by Gene is a CAP/CLIA/NYSDOH accredited laboratory and, through its Clinical Health Division, offers regulated health, wellness and diagnostic testing services. The private company is headquartered in Houston, Texas. To learn more, visit www.genebygene.com.