High Volume Casework
Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Reduction – Bode Technology pioneered a direct-to-DNA approach that helps streamline analysis and efficiently process large volumes of untested sexual assault kits. This method, which has been used in the testing of more than 100,000 kits to date, makes it possible for agencies to clear backlogs of untested kits quickly and cost-effectively while providing more CODIS-eligible profiles than traditional serology.
Property Crime Programs – Bode Technology offers high-throughput analysis of samples from property crimes, including swabs for biological fluids, as well as "touch" DNA. Bode Technology offers several property crime programs to support each agency’s individual needs, including backlog reduction and testing of recently submitted cases.
- Direct Outsourcing: Using Bode Technology’s Bode Direct Outsourcing services, crime labs can:
- Increase capacity
- Maintain control of cases
- Reduce handling to save time and money
- Prevent and potentially eliminate backlogs
- Process and solve more cases
- Local Databasing Services: Law enforcement agencies can partner with Bode Technology to create a local database targeted at solving property crimes through our BodeHITSTM program.
Individual Criminal Casework
Bode Technology have over 25 years of experience in processing difficult samples from all types of crimes. Individual Casework services include:
- Violent Crimes
- Cold Cases
- Post-Conviction Cases
Bode Technology offers different types of testing criminal casework, including:
- Evidence Screening/ Serology
- STR Analysis
- Y-STR Analysis
- Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) Analysis
- miniSTR Analysis
Rush and Rapid DNA Analysis Services provide turnaround times to meet investigative needs. Individual casework can be reported as quickly as 5 business days from submission through Bode Technology’s Rush DNA Services. Certain samples and reports can be generated in as little as one day with our Rapid DNA Service.
These services allow for a prompt response to critical investigations by law enforcement; offering fast turnarounds for pressing identifications, including persons of interest.
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Forensic Genealogy Servcies
Develop more investigative leads from violent crimes. DNA is a valuable tool in supporting investigations, but not all cases processed result in a match in traditional databases.
Utilizing forensic genealogy can provide investigators with new investigative leads for these unmatched cases. By establishing ancestral roots to an unknown profile, Bode’s Forensic Genealogy team can work to help identify relatives and sometimes the identity of the sample itself for our clients.
Bode offers a complimentary FGS Assessment/ Case Review to our clients. Bode has offered this service to clients looking from 1 case to more than 100 cases for consideration and determination of suitability for forensic genealogy testing. The success of testing a case/ sample often hinges on the ability to generate quality DNA results. Based on previous DNA testing, Bode can assess the ability to generate usable DNA results for forensic genealogy analysis.
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Bode’s databasing teams have processed more than 2.5 million samples over 25 years and provide services to dozens of law enforcement agencies throughout the country. The high-throughput laboratory allows for timely analysis of offender samples.
Over the past 5 years Bode has obtained full CODIS-eligible DNA profiles from >99.95% of samples submitted.
Bode offers expedited turnaround times for many of our DNA databasing projects. We understand the need for expeditious testing, especially for arrestee sample collections. Bode offers programs with standard turnaround times from 5-days to 30-days. We also offer rush testing and Rapid DNA analysis to for faster results if needed
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Missing Persons Identification/Unidentified Remains
Bode has over 25 of experience in identifying missing persons in the US and abroad through the use of advanced DNA sampling techniques and DNA extraction methods that can obtain DNA profiles from degraded and aged bone samples. Bode has worked with medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement agencies, crime labs, and government organizations to test more than 30,000 unidentified human remains for DNA, including more than 13,000 skeletal samples from the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. Bode has also developed DNA profiles from the unknown remains of a World War II victim.
Support efforts include:
- Unidentified victims of crimes
- Victims of mass disasters
- Mass casualty situations including the World Trade Center bombings and airplane crashes
- Victims of conflict
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Forensic Parentage and Relationship Testing
DNA analyses are available for cases in which the identity of a parent is in question as a result of a criminal act (pregnancy resulting from assault or incest, or abandoned babies with uncertain maternity). The evidentiary items submitted in these cases often include products of conception (fetal material), reference blood samples, or reference buccal swabs.
Bode analyzes forensic cases requiring body identification and cases in which evidentiary items (such as bloodstains in a homicide investigation) need to be connected to an individual for whom no reference sample is available. In these cases, reference samples from known relatives of the unavailable person are compared to evidence samples in order to establish identity.
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Expert Witness and Consulting Services
Bode provides assistance to attorneys preparing for court cases involving DNA evidence-related to active investigations and post-conviction cases. Services include comprehensive case reviews, statistical analysis, consultation, and affidavit preparation.
Bode can also provide comparison and statistical analysis of a profile generated by another laboratory to a profile generated by Bode, or of two profiles generated by other laboratories.
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For the best chance of success, fetal matter should be at least 8 weeks of gestation. Due to the possibility that the mother's DNA could be mixed with that of the fetal matter, a known sample from the mother (eg cheek swab, blood sample) should also be tested. This sample will be used to confirm that the DNA profile obtained is not from the mother.
Bode Cellmark prefers to work with items that are at least 3mm x 3mm, but may be able to produce a DNA profile from smaller areas, depending on type and concentration of the stain (semen, blood, saliva, etc.). Typically, a semen or blood stain yields the most DNA.
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