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Proof of Paternity for Immigration: New Law Changes

A recent change in British nationality law means that being named as the father on a birth certificate will no longer be enough to prove paternity in immigration cases where the parents are not married. The change was introduced in September 2015 by the British Nationality (Proof of Paternity... Read More

13th June 2016

The Dangers of Drug Abuse and Addiction

The misuse of illicit drugs can cause varying risks to your health, both psychologically and physically on a short and long term basis. The long-term dangers include: Addiction Depression Liver failure and kidney damage Unpredictable behaviour, which can: Lead to injuries and... Read More

6th June 2016

UK Government ban on legal highs: What you need to know

Drug Testing

What is it? The Psychoactive Substances Act was due to come into effect on 6th April 2016, but this has since been delayed to at least May. The act aims to ban any substance that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect, there are, however, a list of exemptions of everyday substances, such... Read More

21st April 2016

What is the Influence of War on the Global Drug Market?

Drug Testing

Since the start of the century society has experienced a clear relationship between the amount, type and use of illegal drugs and the many wars across the world. One such example of the effect was the global shortage in heroin peaking during the Afghanistan war in 2005.  Whist it may appear... Read More

28th January 2016
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Interview: Kate Francis, Head of Collections

Interviews

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
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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

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

Interviews DNA

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
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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
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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

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