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New DNA technology is able to generate a digital face of criminals and terrorists

As technology is evolving, artificial intelligence and machine learning are taking the spotlight in the contemporary society. Many aspects of modern technology harness the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Even crime stopping has now evolved and is making use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in its own ways as a software has emerged allowing the face of a criminal or terrorist to be created digitally by using the criminal or terrorist's DNA.

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Report Formed By Parabon. Digital image. ThinBlueFlorida. N.p., n.d. Web.

Parabon Snapshot

This revolutionary DNA Phenotyping System called Parabon Snapshot uses deep data mining and sophisticated machine learning algorithms to anticipate physical and genetic features and create a 3d face of the person based off of the DNA inputted in the software. The software creates a report including the person's hair color, skin color, eye color, face shape, ancestry, freckling, and kinship.

With funding from the US Department of Defense, the Parabon Snapshot software will primarily be used by the military and local police forces to identify terrorists and criminals, so they can be apprehended.

Snapshot is already being put into place and is having a positive impact on numerous cases, as Det. Jason Dipietro, Cold Case Homicide Unit, Anne Arundel County MD Police Department stated that “Snapshot is helping us make progress on a number of cold cases that were previously at a standstill.”

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The Steps of How Parabon Generates a Report. Digital image. Parabon NanoLabs. N.p., n.d. Web.

With any form of DNA evidence, Parabon is able to reverse engineer the DNA into a report with a person's features. The DNA evidence found at the scene is then sent to a genotyping lab, where the DNA evidence is converted into genotype data which is then sent to Parabon. Parabon is able to analyze this genotype data and export it into a digital report on the person.

Parabon's Snapshot software is expanding to other branches of use as the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(NCMEC) is also using the software to identify deceased children who cannot be recognized. The future seems to be bright for Parabon Nanolabs' Snapshot software as it is beneficial and accurate.

More info about Parabon NanoLabs can be found at the following link: https://snapshot.parabon-nanolabs.com/

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Ganesh Susarla

Ganesh, a junior at Fremont High School, is a computer science enthusiast interested in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence. He is the co-president of Fremont High's Programming Club, is part of his school's track and field team, and enjoys playing basketball in his free time.