Forensic Research and Support

Bode Technology's Federal Research Division continues to advance forensic science through innovative efforts.  Working in conjunction with numerous federal agencies, Bode has delivered advanced forensic solutions including:

  • Improvements to the preservation of collected biological evidence
  • Low level/touch DNA recovery exploitation techniques and analysis
  • Resolution of complex mixtures through massively parallel sequencing (MPS)
  • Portable, ruggedized rapid DNA analysis with results in less than 45 minutes
  • Specialized collection device development for DNA as well as chemical and biological agents
  • Evaluation of alternative forensics DNA markers including SNPs and microhaplotypes

Featured Research and Development Efforts

Recent Publications

Massively Parallel Sequencing

  • Complex mixture resolution
  • Predictive genomics including phenotypic traits (i.e. eye and hair color) and biogeographical ancestry
  • Geosourcing / Ecomapping
  • Forensic microbiome exploitation

Advanced DNA Analysis

  • Specialized sample collection methods tailored to specific Client mission sets
  • Alternative approaches/techniques to process low level or degraded samples
  • Improved techniques for rapid identification, triage, and collection of biological evidence for sensitive site exploitation (SSE) operations
  • Non-destructive/covert DNA exploitation of handled documents (DOCEX)
  • DNA exploitation from post-blast evidence and IED components

Predictive Facial Morphology

  • Determination of significant associations between genetic data and facial morphology utilizing targeted re-sequencing technology, microarray technology and 3D-imagery

Portable Human DNA Identification Solution

  • Development of a fully validated, room temperature stable, portable HID solution that utilizes SNPs to analyze reference and forensic evidence samples for high-priority applications

Other Services

  • Development and delivery of customized and tactical forensic exploitation kits
  • Evaluation of emerging technologies and course of action mapping for integration into Client’s workflows
  • Subject matter expert (SME) consulting and training
  • Design, stand-up, and operate non-traditional DNA laboratories/exploitation centers (deployable, temporary, etc.)