DNA Phenotyping

Parabon Snapshot produces facial profiles from DNA samples. The software takes complex genetic data–such as that found at a crime scene–and from it infers ancestry, appearance and kinship. This is done by mining vast genetic data sets for the DNA markers associated with specific traits, such as skin and hair color or ancestral geography. The software then produces a graphic image of a person that it projects matches the DNA. The company targets its service at law enforcement to help investigate cases which have no known suspects or unmatched DNA evidence.