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These online training courses were created by RTI International and the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification's Forensic Services Unit, with funding from the National Institute of Justice (grant number 2007-DN-CX-K234 and 2009-DN-BX-K184).


Free Online Training Course

CODIS for Missing Persons: Using DNA to Identify Remains

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This course provides a detailed explanation of the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, and how DNA is used for the identification of human remains. The course covers advanced-level material and is intended for audiences well-versed in basic DNA concepts. It is strongly recommended that participants first complete the Developing a Missing Persons Protocol course for an overview of CODIS and DNA profiles.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Three different types of DNA analysis that can be conducted using CODIS software
  • The organization of the CODIS databases
  • Other system requirements that will assist agencies in using DNA more effectively in their investigations

This course contains a downloadable glossary file with definitions of terminology and concepts included in the course.