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Interview: Kate Francis, Head of Collections

Interview: Kate Francis, Head of Collections

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Kate Francis has been a member of the DNA Legal team for nearly six years, accumulating expert knowledge of all testing procedures and regulations. She oversees our collection network, spanning 4,000 sites in over 200 countries. Her thorough approach ensures that our sample collectors... Read More

11th March 2015
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Interview: Michelle Underwood, Head of Compliance

Interviews

Michelle Underwood oversees all DNA Legal operations, ensuring procedures are followed and we maintain the highest levels of result accuracy. She has a strong background in forensics, and here she explains her pivotal role in more detail. What's your background, and how did you come to... Read More

4th March 2015
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DNA Complexity by Region – Introducing PoBI

DNA

For over 10 years, a team of scientific researchers from the University of Oxford have been studying the genetic makeup of more than 4,500 volunteers. It’s all part of the ambitious People of the British Isles (PoBI) project, and the results could help shape the future health of the nation. Who... Read More

25th February 2015

Profile: Innocence Network UK

Must Reads Court Room Cases DNA Forensics

In December 2014, a group of law students and lecturers from the University of Cardiff successfully overturned the murder conviction of Dwaine George, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment following the death of Daniel Dale in 2001. During the original trial, the jury determined that tiny... Read More

18th February 2015
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Expert Evidence Pilot affects the welfare of childrens' lives

How the impact of the Expert Evidence Pilot has affected the welfare of children's lives Judges and courts across the country have been faced with the inability to order expert evidence in private family law cases including DNA, Drug & Alcohol Testing. Concerns have arisen about court... Read More

16th February 2015
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Interview: PD Dr Burkhard Rolf, Head of DNA Services

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PD Dr Burkhard Rolf is Head of DNA Services here at DNA Legal, leading a highly-skilled and dedicated team of forensic scientists at our world-leading laboratory. His wealth of experience ensures that we continue to pioneer the most advanced testing in the world, guaranteeing the highest levels of... Read More

11th February 2015
How We Conduct a Hair Drug Test

How We Conduct a Hair Drug Test

Hair, Drug and Alcohol

Understanding our scientific testing may seem confusing at first, and we appreciate that your clients may feel nervous about the whole process. Therefore, we’ve created a step-by-step guide to talk you through Hair Drug Testing, allowing you to brief clients on what to expect. Before the... Read More

4th February 2015

5 Questions All Law Firms Should Ask DNA Testing Labs

Must Reads DNA Testing Pitfalls

A quick Internet search reveals a plethora of DNA testing firms, each offering a wide range of services that vary in price. However, some laboratories are more reputable than others, so it’s important to do some research before booking. We’re often contacted by clients who have received... Read More

28th January 2015

Historic Disputes Solved by DNA Testing

Articles Court Room Cases DNA Forensics

Every year, numerous criminal cases are re-opened due to evidence offered by DNA testing, leading to convictions or exonerations of long past crimes. The chances of other suspects featuring the same DNA profile are quoted as ‘billions to one’, making it an accurate way of proving that an individual... Read More

21st January 2015
Profile: Sir Alec Jeffreys – the pioneer of DNA testing

Profile: Sir Alec Jeffreys – the pioneer of DNA testing

DNA Forensics

Today we almost take DNA testing in our stride rather than appreciating it for the marvel of modern science it truly is. TV shows like Jeremy Kyle have brought the pioneering work to the masses for entertainment, and thanks to detective shows like CSI, we all feel like we have a bit of the DNA... Read More

15th January 2015

The Legal Aid Effect on Family Law

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The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act was passed in 2012, despite resistance from legal professionals, social workers, parliamentary opposition parties and charities. The LASPO act abolished the Legal Services Commission, an executive non-departmental public body of the... Read More

7th January 2015
New Research into Hair and Blood Alcohol Testing

New Research into Hair and Blood Alcohol Testing

Alcohol Testing Drug Testing Hair, Drug and Alcohol

Testing for the ingestion of alcohol can be important for a variety of cases, criminal and otherwise. However, ethanol is quickly absorbed by the body, so once metabolism occurs testing for alcohol abuse often becomes difficult. Blood and urine samples can be taken, but results tend to be weak... Read More

16th December 2014

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