Apaga DL, Dennis SE, Salvador JM, Calacal GC, De Ungria MC


The potential of Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS) technology to vastly expand the capabilities of human identification led to the emergence of different MPS platforms that use forensically relevant genetic markers. Two of the MPS platforms that are currently available are the MiSeq® FGx™ Forensic Genomics System (Illumina) and the HID-Ion Personal Genome Machine (PGM)™ (Thermo Fisher Scientific). These are coupled with the ForenSeq™ DNA Signature Prep kit (Illumina) and the HID-Ion AmpliSeq™ Identity Panel (Thermo Fisher Scientific), respectively. In this study, we compared the genotyping performance of the two MPS systems based on 83 SNP markers that are present in both MPS marker panels. Results show that MiSeq® FGx™ has greater sample-to-sample variation than the HID-Ion PGM™ in terms of read counts for all the 83 SNP markers. Allele coverage ratio (ACR) values show generally balanced heterozygous reads for both platforms. Two and four SNP markers from the MiSeq® FGx™ and HID-Ion PGM™, respectively, have average ACR values lower than the recommended value of 0.67. Comparison of genotype calls showed 99.7% concordance between the two platforms.

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