GeneMarker® HID: A Reliable Software Tool for the Analysis of Forensic STR Data
Article first published online: 30 SEP 2010
© 2010 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 56, Issue 1, pages 29–35, January 2011
How to Cite
Holland, M. M. and Parson, W. (2011), GeneMarker® HID: A Reliable Software Tool for the Analysis of Forensic STR Data. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 56: 29–35. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01565.x
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 30 SEP 2010
- Received 23 July 2009; and in revised form 22 Oct. 2009; accepted 10 Nov. 2009.
- forensic science;
- short tandem repeat analysis software;
- high throughput laboratory analysis
Abstract: GeneMarker® HID was assessed as a software tool for the analysis of forensic short tandem repeat (STR) data and as a resource for analysis of custom STR multiplexes. The software is easy to learn and use, and includes design features that have the potential to reduce user fatigue. To illustrate reliability and accuracy, STR data from both single-source and mixture profiles were analyzed and compared to profiles interpreted with another software package. A total of 1898 STR profiles representing 28,470 loci and more than 42,000 alleles were analyzed with 100% concordance. GeneMarker HID was also used to successfully analyze data generated from a custom STR multiplex, with simplified and rapid implementation. Finally, the impact of the user-friendly design features of the software was assessed through a time scale study. The results suggest that laboratories can reduce the time required for data analysis by at least 25% when using GeneMarker HID.