Monday, 7 October 2013
There are several other DNA testing companies that do not provide a database service, offering non-genealogical services.
One such Canadian company is Thunder Bay based Orchid Pro DNA. The lab was mentioned in a CBC news item on Sunday as that contracted by the Quebec coroner’s office to help identify the last remaining victims of the July 6 disaster at Lac-Mégantic. According to the report Amarjit Chahal, the lab director, said they will use mitochondrial DNA, and his lab is the only one in Canada that does such a test. Two other DNA labs, in New York and Bosnia, are also working on the Lac-Mégantic file.
Thunder Bay is also the home of Lakehead University's Paleo-DNA Laboratory
Last year the university received a grant to establish an mtDNA database to support forensic testing.
It's good to see spin-offs from university science such as Orchid PRO DNA and the previously mentioned DNA Memorial.
at 12:00 a.m.