Parabon’s Dr. Ellen McRae Greytak Demystifies DNA Phenotyping on Crime Wire Radio

Learn how Snapshot DNA analysis is helping investigators work more efficiently and effectively.

Parabon NanoLabs Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service
Parabon NanoLabs Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service

Parabon Nanolabs LogoReston, Va. ( – Snapshot™, the latest in forensic DNA analysis technology for criminal investigators, will be explored in a special broadcast on Crime Wire Radio on 6 July at 9 p.m. ET. Dr. Ellen McRae Greytak, Director of Bioinformatics at Parabon, is the featured guest, discussing how Snapshot, the DNA Phenotyping Service from Parabon NanoLabs, is helping investigators generate new leads, narrow the field of suspects and identify unknown remains.  The broadcast will be streamed on and can be played back at any time after the initial event.

Snapshot predicts the ancestry and appearance of a suspect by analyzing miniscule amounts of DNA, ultimately generating a composite image that includes physical characteristics such as eye, hair and skin color, freckling, facial morphology and ancestry traits. These results are currently being used across the country to aid law enforcement and criminal investigators in developing new leads in cold cases, identifying unknown remains and narrowing suspect lists, thus saving time and money for agencies in the investigation proceedings.

Snapshot took four years to develop with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service includes a prediction of physical appearance based upon analyzed DNA as well as two new services: Forensic Art Enhancement that incorporates information into the Snapshot composite such as aging, body mass, facial hair and glasses, and Facial Reconstruction, which combines DNA phenotyping with skeletal evidence to produce the most fully informed recreations of antemortem appearance.

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About Parabon NanoLabs, Inc.:

Parabon NanoLabs is a vertically integrated DNA technology company that develops next-generation forensic and therapeutic products that leverage the enormous power of DNA.  Staffed by a uniquely qualified team of scientists and technologists, with expertise ranging from bioinformatics and chemistry to computer science and pharmacology, Parabon is bringing to market revolutionary new products and services made possible by recent advances in DNA sequencing, analysis and manufacturing technologies.