Forensic DNA Testing Services
Linking unsolved crimes. Finding a suspect. Identifying victims of violent crimes or natural disasters. Although traditional forensic methods may help to achieve these goals, DNA technologies are the most advanced and definitive tool to solve the toughest cases.
A wide range of testing services
DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) assists law enforcement agencies, private investigators, and legal professionals in finding answers, administering justice, and ensuring a safe, secure environment for everyone. DDC’s forensics team provides a comprehensive range of services including STR, Y-STR, mtDNA and mini-STR casework, and forensic paternity. We also offer case review and consultation services to defense attorneys who may seek a second opinion on cases previously tested by other laboratories.
A team of forensics experts
The DDC forensic laboratory is operated by highly qualified scientists in their field. DDC’s laboratory director, Dr. Michael Baird, is the first DNA expert to testify in a court case that used DNA as evidence (the Castro case) and has appeared on NBC as a TV consultant on the OJ Simpson case.The forensic operation is led by Dr. Julie Heinig, who worked with the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s office on the Sam Sheppard (The Fugitive) case. The rest of the forensics team has undergone rigorous training in specimen handling, chain of custody, and DNA analysis.
State-of-the-art DNA testing
DDC’s state-of-the-art laboratory ensures highly stringent testing procedures and fast turnaround time. We use a variety of PCR-based amplification kits for STR analysis (including the 13 core CODIS loci used by the FBI), Y-STR profiling, and mtDNA sequencing. Our protocols are routinely checked against the strict standards of the forensic community, including those issued by the Director of FBI. Our rich experience in paternity and family relationship testing expands our analytical capabilities in complicated forensic investigations. Our accreditations attest to the high quality of the laboratory services we provide.
Complimentary training and resources
In its commitment to assisting our clients and other legal professionals, DDC offers complimentary continuing education seminars on Forensic DNA and Legal Applications. DDC also has developed an extensive mock crime scene on-site at our Fairfield, Ohio, facility to help investigators, lawyers, and law enforcement agencies ensure the integrity of their DNA evidence collection procedures. We strive to provide our clients with the tools and resources to assist their understanding of quality DNA collection and testing procedures. Please contact us at 1-800-406-1940 for our schedule of upcoming seminars.