DNA lab equipment installed

A technician from the US this week installed DNA-analysis equipment at the Cayman Islands Hospital’s Forensic Science Laboratory, keeping the facility on schedule to begin limited operations by April.

Forensic DNA specialist Jonathan Faris, who will be running the DNA lab, described the new equipment.

The polymerase chain reaction unit, which costs about US$7,000, will be used for DNA database samples, he explained, which is part of the process to produce the DNA profile.

The genetic analyser, which costs $93,500, is vital to that process.

‘This allows one to separate DNA fragments on the basis of their size, enabling us to visualise the DNA profile of the individual,’ he said.

Dr. Faris also expects training on the equipment to go ahead on schedule later this month, after which he can begin setting up the DNA database.

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