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Rapid DNA analysis technology to be presented at IEEE Homeland Security Conference


WASHINGTON (24 October 2012) -- Current DNA analysis methods require expert users in a controlled laboratory environment and take weeks to months to produce results. The ANDE system from NetBio would allow the generation of CODIS-quality DNA profiles by non-technical users in a field environment in less than 1.5 hours.

NetBio CEO Dr. Richard Selden will discuss the system during the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST '12), 13-15 November in Waltham, Mass., outside Boston.

Selden will present Dr. Melissa May's paper, "Field-Deployable Rapid DNA Analysis: Fully Integrated, Fully Automated Generation of Short Tandem Repeat Profiles from Buccal Swabs." In it, May discusses the critical components of the integrated system and demonstrates how it is able to produce high-quality DNA profiles for human identification in a compressed time frame.

"NetBio's Rapid DNA Analysis system has the potential to revolutionize the use of DNA as a biometric for law enforcement, military and homeland security applications," said May, NetBio's senior director of strategic planning. "It generates DNA profiles in approximately 80 minutes and can be operated by a nontechnical user outside the laboratory."

HST '12 will bring together global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation. The Technical Program Committee reviewed 233 abstracts and accepted 117 combined papers/posters (50.2 percent acceptance rate). The accepted papers will showcase emerging technologies in:

  • Cyber Security
  • Attack & Disaster Preparation, Recovery & Response
  • Borders & Maritime Security
  • Biometrics & Forensics

The event will also feature business panels that address effective business strategies in the current homeland security market.


For more information and to register, visit or contact Bob Alongi at or 781-245-5405.

HST '12 is produced by IEEE with technical support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. IEEE-USA is providing organizational support.

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