Forensics

Defense attorneys have benefited from our case review and consultation services. Other forensic DNA services we provide include forensic paternity testing, STR, Y-STR, DNA testing for animals, and mtDNA casework. We have built our forensics program on the premise that each unique sample has a story to tell. To ensure accuracy and the production of conclusive results, we designed redundancies into our forensic testing. Every case and sample goes through extensive peer scrutiny before and after analysis.

Sources of DNA: Forensic DNA evidence can typically be found in:

  • Teeth
  • Used cigarette
  • Diabetic glucose sticks
  • Hairs with roots
  • Dentures
  • Bedding
  • Gum
  • Eyeglasses
  • Bottle, can or glass
  • Fingernails
  • Post mortem tissue
  • Hat
  • Lickable stamp or envelope
  • Bone
  • Band Aid
  • Soiled Laundry
  • Toothbrush
  • Hat

Forensic & Special DNA Testing

Excessive precision, meticulousness and exactness in record keeping are all required in forensic testing apart from the already technically challenging process of DNA testing.

Combining the two stringent disciplines increases the complexity to a level where only a laboratory staffed with seasoned scientists, well practiced procedures, and precise record keeping will provide the needed accuracy in outcomes to survive the scrutiny demanded to be admissible in a court of law.

Three Areas of Forensic DNA Testing

There are three distinct areas of testing that Rapid DNA focuses on offering DNA analysis:

Matching DNA evidence with DNA samples with the associated identity.
Matching DNA evidence from a supposed father or child to DNA specimens.
Allowing law enforcement to deal with the increasing need for DNA testing. We can provide you with data and methods that meet your standards and requirements.

Forensic Evidence Screening

Details are the foundation of strength for any report. A forensic analytical report includes a complete record of the chain of custody as well as procedures followed.  In order to provide complete and stringent screening, our labs are staffed with experienced forensic scientists and employ a veritable army of tried and proven techniques and technologies. Investing in macroscopic and microscopic digital photography and video imaging systems for evidence documentation and a 400W MiniCrime Scope is what our laboratories did to provide the best instrumentation available.

Forensic Paternity Testing

Voluntary or court ordered samples are commonly gathered for normal paternity tests from the alleged father or person for DNA testing. Sometimes situations arise that make gathering specimens too difficult or costly—particularly if the individual is deceased. Under these conditions, often the recourse is to find evidence that was previously thought to be useless and test it for DNA evidence that could prove as helpful. Regardless of the fact that the results of the tests will not be permissible in court (except when gathered by a third party), they can help paint a valuable picture of the family relationships.

To avoid contamination of evidence:

  • Be sure not to touch areas you think DNA may be.
  • When near evidence, avoid talking, sneezing, or coughing.
  • To keep moisture from soiling a sample, carefully air-dry evidence before packaging it.
  • Avoid plastic bags. Place evidence inside a new paper bag or envelope.
  • While gathering and packaging evidence, do not touch your face, nose, or mouth.

When do I use a Forensic Test?

Investigators (personal or private) and legal professionals can use our forensic tests to find the answers they need. Our forensic tests can turn even the hardest way of finding answers into a simple solution. We can test any sample that meets the minimum testing requirements.