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tbilisi.. The U.S. Embassy and Georgian National Forensic Bureau will jointly announce Georgia's adoption of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), at the Radisson Blu Hotel, in Tbilisi, at 4 p.m., on Thursday - U.S. Embassy in Georgia reported on June 14.
Initially launched as U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database in 1994, CODIS is an electronic catalog of DNA data. It allows users to search DNA test results against an existing database and also supports information exchange among DNA laboratories worldwide. CODIS is a modern DNA database system used primarily in law enforcement. It is widely used by law enforcement organizations in the United States and has been recently deployed internationally.
According to the U.S. Embassy, Georgia is one of the first countries to begin using the latest CODIS system. The system has been introduced in Georgia through the support of the U.S. Department of State.
A one-week training for Georgian law enforcement began on June 11. Upon completing the week-long training, laboratory staff will be certified in CODIS management. Georgia's DNA laboratory will be the first to operate the system in the Caucasus.
"The CODIS database will play a key role in helping Georgian law enforcement with accurate DNA identification of suspects and will also facilitate cooperation with international police forces. In addition to law enforcement benefits, CODIS can also be used for identification of missing persons from armed conflicts, natural disasters and accidents," U.S. Embassy said.