DHS funds development of a portable DNA-identification kit – Homeland Security Newswire

Parabon NanoLabs said that DHS has awarded the firm a Small Business and Innovation Research grant to demonstrate the effectiveness of the firm’s biometrics device.

The device utilizes a SNP chip rapidly to verify identity and kinship, said the Reston, Virginia.-based firm. Parabon said that the goal of its research is to develop a briefcase-size biometrics device that can process DNA samples and determine identity or kinship with an accuracy of 99.99 percent, in under 45 minutes, and at a cost of less than $50. The firm noted that current tests cost hundreds of dollars and can take days to verify identity or kinship.