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What is CODIS?

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CODIS stands for Combined DNA Index System. It is the acronym used to describe the FBI’s program of support for criminal justice DNA databases and the software platform that runs them.

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CODIS is used as a platform to store and search DNA profiles from across the United States. The data is kept in the National DNA Index System. Criminal analysts at the federal, state and local levels use CODIS to search DNA profiles obtained from crime scene evidence and match them against DNA profiles from other crime scenes, convicted offenders and individuals who have been arrested who are documented in the database. The system is particularly useful to generate and act on leads in investigations when a match is found.

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