Familia – Global Database to Identify Missing Persons

11 June 2021 Current Affairs:Interpol has launched a new global database called “I-Familia” to identify missing persons through family DNA and help the police resolve outstanding cases in member countries.

About I-Familia:
♦ I-Familia is the first global database for identifying missing people based on international DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) kinship matching.
♦ When direct comparison is not possible, the database uses DNA samples from family members to identify missing people or unidentified human remains.
♦ Family members must give their permission for their data to be used for international searching.
♦ It builds on Interpol’s long track record of success with direct DNA matching.

I-Familia is made up of three parts:
♦ A dedicated global database, separate from any criminal data, to host the DNA profiles provided by relatives.
♦ Bonaparte is a DNA matching software.
♦ Interpol produced interpretation guidelines to efficiently identify and report potential matches.
♦ If a match is found, notifications are sent to the countries that provided the DNA profile from the unidentified body and to the family, respectively.


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