The acronym for the Combined DNA Index System operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This is a national DNA databank which utilizes computer and DNA technologies to match DNA profiles developed from crime scene evidence against the profiles of individuals convicted of felony sex offenses and other violent crimes. The profiles stored in CODIS are generated using STR analysis (q.v.). All 50 states have laws requiring that DNA profiles of violent criminals be sent to CODIS, where they are stored in its Convicted Offender Index.
Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.