FORENSIC DNA ANALYSIS
What is it?
Forensic DNA Analysis is the analysis of DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acids) genetic markers as related to a criminal investigation to determine the identity of a perpetrator, victim or other individual(s) involved. Lagos State DNA & Forensic Center operates a state-of-the art DNA analysis laboratory using the latest instrumentation to achieve DNA analysis results. The laboratory looks at twenty-seven genetic markers, including a sex-specific marker determining if the individual is male or female, as well as three male-specific genetic markers. The ultimate goal of forensic DNA analysis is solving the crime and obtaining justice for the victim(s) involved.
Types of tests available
Lagos State DNA & Forensic Center employs a 3500 genetic analyzer capillary electrophoresis instrument with the capability of analyzing 8 DNA samples at a time to produce a DNA short tandem repeat profile. The laboratory performs DNA analysis on evidence as it pertains to a criminal investigation and compares the DNA profile obtained to known reference DNA profiles from victim(s), perpetrator(s), etc.
How to Submit a case
Within Lagos, Nigeria, LSD&FC will receive and examine forensic evidence and reference specimens submitted by representatives of law enforcement, military, embassies, judiciary, and public safety agencies (i.e. Lagos State Department of Sexual Violence Response Team, fire departments, police agencies, Department of Health, registered Non-Government Organizations and private security organizations) or the Office of the Attorney General.
Outside Lagos, Nigeria, LSD&FC may receive and examine forensic evidence and reference specimens submitted by representatives mentioned above upon approval by the Center Director and the execution and approval of a signed contract that includes financial reimbursement for the services provided.