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DDC Scientist Presents DNA Research at International Conference

DNA Diagnostics Center Press Release

Fairfield, OH. August 31, 2007—One of DNA Diagnostics Center's laboratory directors joined leading forensic and DNA experts from around the world to present his research on new DNA testing technology.

From August 21 to 25, Dr. Thomas Reid attended the 22nd Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG) in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the conference, Dr. Reid presented his research entitled, "The Use of Supplemental STR Loci for Resolving Difficult Family Relationship Cases."

"A small but significant proportion of the paternity cases DDC receives requires extended testing," Dr. Reid said. "In cases where alleged fathers may be related, for instance, auxiliary sets of tests are necessary to accurately identify the biological relationships."

Through his research, Dr. Reid developed secondary panels of additional DNA testing by using STR markers that are commercially available and a 4-locus multiplex made up of "mini-STRs" that he developed in partnership with Michael Coble and John Butler of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Following the conference, Dr. Reid's research was published in the Congress's proceedings.

Through the biennial congresses, ISFG aims "to bring forensic geneticists from all parts of the world together and stimulate the exchange of new scientific knowledge within the field."

Dr. Reid noted a particular aspect of DNA testing in Europe that fosters the aims of ISFG. "In Europe, most DNA testing is performed in university settings," he said. "This research-oriented atmosphere permeated through the conference, as the scientists were in constant contact with each other, sharing ideas on new techniques and rising technology."

From this conference, Dr. Reid expects more opportunities for DDC to collaborate with other local and international scientists on future research. Because of DDC's collective experience in the DNA field and its large DNA database, many researchers welcome the chance to work together with DDC.

"This experience was highly rewarding," Dr. Reid reflects. "It was invigorating to be somewhere so engaging, both scientifically and personally. The people were friendly, the setting was beautiful, and the conference included some of the most progressive minds in the DNA field."

Dr. Reid earned his PhD in Biochemistry from Wayne State University and held a post-doctorate fellowship at University of Washington-Seattle. His areas of DNA interest include analysis of complex biological relationships, victim identification in mass disasters, and development of new DNA testing systems.

About DDC

DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) is the world’s largest provider of private paternity tests. Since 1995, DDC has performed hundreds of thousands of genetic tests for clients around the world. DDC offers comprehensive DNA testing services in several specialty areas: family relationship testing, forensics, and veterinary DNA testing. As the leading force in the private DNA testing industry, DDC was one of the first to adopt robotics technology in its laboratory processes for stringent and efficient handling of DNA samples. DDC’s unique Dual Process™ ensures results of unmatched quality and reliability.

DDC’s quality DNA testing services are nationally and internationally recognized by a number of professional accrediting organizations such as the Forensic Quality Services (FQS-I, ISO/IEC-17025), the AABB, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors–Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB-International), and the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

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