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Research in Forensic DNA Analysis

The increasing number of cases being filed in court requesting for DNA tests necessitates the amendment of current legislation for paternity determination to incorporate scientific advances in the field of DNA-based paternity testing. Furthermore, DNA testing can assist in identifying bodies in mass disasters. Hence there is an urgent need to develop the national capability for forensic DNA testing through rigorous research.

The completion of the genetic databases of the Filipino population in the whole archipelago would inevitably result in the enhanced capability of the laboratory to handle cases from all the regional centers of the country.

In addition, validation of procedures for DNA analysis thus making these available when required is also necessary to increase the number and types of cases that the

laboratory can handle. In parallel, the transfer of this technology to the country’s law enforcement agencies and subsequently to the institutions of the criminal justice system, is a major step towards the routine use of DNA technology for the fair and swift administration of justice.

Funding agency: Philippine Council for Advanced Science, Research and Technology


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