An in-field evaluation of rapid DNA instruments for disaster victim identification

Int J Legal Med. 2022 Mar;136(2):493-499. doi: 10.1007/s00414-021-02748-z. Epub 2021 Nov 24.


In 2019 and 2020, disaster victim identification (DVI) simulations were conducted at the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research. Whole and fragmented cadavers were positioned to replicate a building collapse scenario and left to decompose for up to 4 weeks. This study evaluated the utility of the ANDE™ 6C Rapid DNA System and the RapidHITTM ID System for DVI in the field and mortuary. Applying post-mortem nail and tissue biopsy samples showed promise, with the added benefit of minimally invasive collection procedures and limited preparation requirements. The preferred platform will depend on a number of factors, including its intended use and operating environment.

Keywords: Compromised samples; DNA profiling; Emerging DNA technologies; Rapid DNA; Unidentified human remains.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Autopsy
  • DNA
  • DNA Fingerprinting / methods
  • Disaster Victims*
  • Humans


  • DNA