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Systematic Evaluation of the Precision ID GlobalFilerTM NGS STR Panel v2 Using Single-source Samples of Various Quantity and Quality and Mixed DNA Samples

NCJ Number
Forensic Science International Genetics Volume: 69 Issue: 102995 Dated: Mar 2024
Vishakha Sharma; Elisa Wurmbach
Date Published
March 2024

This article reports on the research methodology and findings of a study that evaluated the Precision ID GlobalFiler™ NGS STR panel v2 from ThermoFisher, which targets 31 autosomal short tandem repeats, amelogenin, and three Y-markers.


Since their development, several Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) kits for forensic identification, phenotypic information, ancestry, and mitochondrial DNA analysis have been developed and their use has been established. Sequencing short tandem repeats (STRs) has certain advantages over the currently used length-based genotyping methods, which are based on PCR amplification followed by capillary electrophoresis (CE). This study evaluated in 24 experimental runs the Precision ID GlobalFiler™ NGS STR panel v2 from ThermoFisher, which targets 31 autosomal STRs, amelogenin, and three Y-markers (one STR, SRY, and Yindel). Single-source samples were used in 18 experimental runs, for systematic evaluation. These included assessing library preparation benchmark conditions, limited DNA input, as well as testing repeatability, number of samples per run, and degraded DNA samples. Full profiles were consistently obtained from as little as 50 pg DNA input. Using the optional recovery PCR method improved outcomes for samples with low DNA input. Full profiles were also obtained from severely degraded DNA samples with degradation indices (DI) of > 60. In addition, six experimental runs were performed testing various two-person mixtures with mixture ratios ranging from 1:20 to 20:1. Major and minor contributors were distinguishable by their read counts (coverage), because less DNA input yielded lower read counts, analogous to the traditional CE technology, where less DNA produces lower peak heights. Mixture ratios of approximately 1:1 were indistinguishable, while a greater imbalance, i.e., higher mixture ratios, made the mixture more distinguishable between major and minor contributors. Based on this information, the highest success rate of correctly deconvoluted four-allelic loci was from mixtures with 1:3 ratios. At higher mixture ratios, the drop-out rate of the minor contributor increased, reducing the number of four-allelic loci. (Published Abstract Provided)