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Visible Attributes through Genomics: Broadened Forensic Use of DNA for Constructing Composite Sketches from Traces

Objective

Unknown perpetrators of crime cannot be identified with the current forensic use of DNA. The VISAGE Project aims to overcome this major limitation by developing, validating, and implementing in the relevant forensic DNA service environment a set of prototype tools for predicting appearance, age, and ancestry in as much detail and as accurately, and effectively as possible from DNA traces. This VISAGE Toolkit will allow the construction of composite sketches of unknown trace donors directly from their crime scene traces, which will guide and focus criminal investigations towards finding them. The VISAGE Toolkit will include analysis prototype tools based on massively parallel sequencing for genotyping the large number of DNA predictors for appearance, age, and ancestry established within the Project, as well as an integrated statistical framework with prototype software for translating these genotype data into statistical probabilities on appearance, age and ancestry, which represents the intelligence information finally used for guiding criminal investigations towards the most probable group of suspects. The VISAGE Toolkit will consider ethical, societal, and legal dimensions of Forensic DNA Phenotyping as identified within the Project, by applying a privacy-by-design strategy. The interdisciplinary VISAGE Consortium includes European (and global) scientific leaders in Forensic DNA Phenotyping as well as in forensic massively parallel sequencing, leading European forensic DNA service providers, and one of the leading social scientists in the field of forensic DNA analysis, ensuring that the Project goals will be achieved on time. The outcome of the VISAGE Project will have a major impact on solving more crimes more rapidly by providing previously unused intelligence information from trace DNA to find unknown perpetrators, which will lead to reduced impact on victims, reduced societal distress, preventing miscarriages of justice, thereby avoiding unnecessary costs.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software

Call for proposal

H2020-SEC-2016-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM
Address
Dr Molewaterplein 40
3015 GD Rotterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 906 846,25

Participants (12)

UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 231 750
Address
Ul. Golebia 24
31007 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 447 166,25
Address
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAT INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 1 013 125
Address
Christoph Probst Platz 1
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 366 500
Address
Albertus Magnus Platz
50931 Koeln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 349 082,50
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KLINIKUM DER UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 416 790
Address
Kerpener Strasse 62
50937 Koeln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BUNDESKRIMINALAMT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 262 631,25
Address
Am Treptower Park 5-8
12435 Berlin
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE POLICE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 220 800
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 31
69134 Ecully
Activity type
Research Organisations
Netherlands Forensic Institute
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 235 462,50
Address
Laan Van Ypenburg 6
2490 AA The Hague
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
POLISMYNDIGHETEN SWEDISH POLICE AUTHORITY
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 228 258,75
Address
Polhemsgatan 30
10226 Stockholm
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
MAYOR'S OFFICE FOR POLICING AND CRIME
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 227 700
Address
City Hall, More London
SE1 2AA London
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
CENTRALNE LABORATORIUM KRYMINALISTYCZNE POLICJI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 93 887,50
Address
Aleje Ujazdowskie 7
00-583 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations