DNASolves is a family of offerings with one purpose in mind: to aid human identification investigations.
We accomplish this by working directly with law enforcement agencies and others acting on behalf of, or at the direction of, law enforcement agencies.
DNASolves combines crowdfunding, volunteered data, and cutting-edge genomics to solve 'unsolvable' cases.
DNASolves is solely focused on enabling human identification for law enforcement investigations. The limited scope of use (we do not offer genealogy or health tools), combined with limited access (law enforcement only), allows us to achieve this mission while maximizing privacy and security.
Generally, we are contracted to help with unsolved violent crimes, such as homicides and sexual assaults.
We want to solve as many cases as possible. If you are aware of a case that needs attention, please have the case investigators contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a particular case interests you, you can make a one-time funding contribution for that particular case. To see a list of our current cases that remain unfunded, please visit the unfunded cases page.
If you would prefer to make a general donation, you can become a subscriber and make a monthly contribution (which is cancelable at any time). To become a subscriber, please visit the subscription page.
You can cancel your monthly contribution at any time.
To cancel, please enter your email address on the contribution cancellation page. You will receive an email with further instructions about how to cancel your subscription.
We are not a genealogical database that enables self-discovery of your ancestry, and we do not provide health or trait information.
DNASolves Connect allows people who are not in possession of their DNA profile to order a DNA swab kit from DNASolves, complete the kit at home, and then return the completed kit to DNASolves. We then obtain your DNA profile from the DNA contained in your kit. You can order a DNA swab kit from DNASolves Connect.
DNASolves Connect collects DNA using a cheek swab.
If you are in possession of your DNA profile, then we recommend that you submit your DNA profile. It is free and takes fewer steps.
If you are not in possession of your DNA profile, then you may submit your actual DNA through DNASolves Connect. There is a fee for this service.
You can add yourself to the DNASolves registry by uploading your DNA profile or by sending your DNA to DNASolves Connect. There is no reason to do both.
If you have already taken a consumer DNA test from an ancestry reporting company, then you can download your DNA profile (or raw data) from that service and upload it to DNASolves at no charge. There is no need to use DNASolves Connect if you have already tested elsewhere.
You should receive your swab kit about 10 calendar days after you place your order.
If we receive your actual DNA (such as your cheek swab), we will attempt to create your DNA profile. Whether or not we successfully create your DNA profile, we will destroy any actual DNA that you have provided. We do not retain your DNA, and your DNA will not be returned to you.
If we receive your DNA profile or if we obtain your DNA profile from DNA you have submitted to us, we will add your DNA profile to our DNA registry. Your DNA profile will not be returned to you (if you upload it to us) or provided to you (if we create it from your DNA sample).
Your DNA profile is loaded in the DNASolves registry and is used exclusively to aid human identification investigations to help solve cases that otherwise could not be solved. We do not allow public search or matching against your DNA profile.
The DNASolves registry is the repository of all qualifying DNA profiles received from all contributors, like yourself, if you choose to contribute; essentially, the repository is a place where DNA profiles are stored. We use the registry to aid the human investigation process.
No, we do not use third-party labs. All lab services are provided in-house.
Yes, to contribute your DNA or your DNA profile, you must register an account. Visit the registration page to start your contribution process and follow the account registration instructions included as part of the contribution process.
No, we only accept DNA or DNA profiles of persons who are at least 18 years of age.
We support automated analysis and reports for a number of different types and formats from different data providers.
We are constantly working to support more file types and formats. If you upload data that we do not currently support, it will be retained and automatically analyzed when support is added.
Any supported data type can be compressed in a .ZIP or .GZ file for faster uploads.
|Data Provider||Data Type||Supported Format||How to Download|
|AncestryDNA||Raw DNA Data||TXT|
|23andMe||Raw Genetic Data||TXT|
|MyHeritage||Raw DNA Data||TXT|
|Family Tree DNA||Family Finder||CSV|
|Un-Aligned Raw Sequencing Data||FASTQ|
|Aligned Raw Sequencing Data||SAM, BAM|
|Processed Variant Data||VCF|
Yes, you can upload your data in a .ZIP or .GZ compressed file, and our analysis tools will automatically detect and decompress the files.
Some advanced data formats like paired-end FASTQ use multiple files. You can compress those files into a single .ZIP or .TAR.GZ file to upload them as a single sample.
We use advanced security and encryption safeguards to protect your DNA profile.
You can request removal of your data from DNASolves at any time.
If you want to completely remove your account from DNASolves, click your account name on the menu header and then click the "Update Account" link.
From the Update Account page you can click the red "Remove My DNASolves Account" button.
This will remove all data associated with your account. You will no longer be able to log in to your account, and no new accounts may be created using the same username or email address.
If you want to completely remove your account from DNASolves, click your account name on the menu header and then click the "Update Account" link. From the Update Account page, you can click the red "Remove My DNASolves Account" button. This will remove all data associated with your account. You will no longer be able to log in to your account, and no new accounts may be created using the same username or email address.