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The National DNA Database:Clients' rights to privacy

DNA

In 1995, the United Kingdom National DNA Database (NDNAD) was founded by the now defunct National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), as a means of logging DNA samples from criminal suspects. To date, profiles of an estimated 7 million people have been recorded, with samples being recovered at... Read More

15th December 2014
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MDMA Exposure - A Second Opinion

Understanding Results Case Studies

What would you do if your client claimed their drink had been spiked with ecstasy, yet tests indicated they were a habitual user of the drug? In December 2012, Mr W. was off duty and socialising. He was given a drink which he later suspected had been spiked, almost certainly with MDMA. He... Read More

10th December 2014
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Identical Twin DNA Testing - How it works and the results

DNA

Genome scientists working for the DNA Legal laboratory, Eurofins Forensik, have overcome a stumbling block that DNA testing has faced since its inception; how to distinguish between identical twins. Aside from looking alike, it was also considered that identical twins shared the same... Read More

8th December 2014
Hair Alcohol Testing - The 2014 Consensus

Hair Alcohol Testing - The 2014 Consensus

Articles References Training Material Alcohol Testing Hair, Drug and Alcohol Industry Updates

On 13 June 2014, at a meeting in Bordeaux, France, the Society of Hair Testing passed a new consensus on the use of hair testing as a method of determining levels of alcohol consumption. The consensus is based on tests that took place from December 2013 to January 2014, with the participation of 31... Read More

30th November 2014
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Nail Testing - A New Alternative to Hair Testing

Articles References Training Material Alcohol Testing Drug Testing Industry Updates

Determining drug and/or alcohol abuse is usually done through hair testing, but many circumstances render this approach impossible: baldness, religious grounds, or reluctant participants are all potential issues. Sometimes, collection agents even arrive only to find the person under suspicion... Read More

30th November 2014
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Interview: Dr Pascal Kintz

Interviews

Dr Pascal Kintz is a world leader in drug and alcohol testing. He acts as DNA Legal’s Head of Toxicology, and is often called upon to provide expert analysis on cases across the globe. In 2004, his team examined the suspected poisoning of Ukranian politician ... Read More

11th October 2014

Excessive Alcohol Abuse: From Legal Testing Perspective

Articles Must Reads Alcohol Testing Hair, Drug and Alcohol Testing Pitfalls

Alcoholism is often cited in family law cases, particularly those surrounding child neglect or domestic abuse. It’s an issue that carries huge implications for all parties concerned, so it’s vitally important to seek thorough and accurate testing when investigating claims. Governments used to... Read More

1st September 2014
Hair drug test: Positive doesn’t always mean positive

Hair drug test: Positive doesn’t always mean positive

Articles Must Reads Alcohol Testing Drug Testing Hair, Drug and Alcohol Testing Pitfalls

Hair drug testing can be used to determine drug abuse over a prolonged period of time, and also allows solicitors to establish a client’s pattern of change. Many drug abusers will make the commitment to stop, and you therefore need an accurate test to verify and confirm this. However, due to a... Read More

25th August 2014
Complex DNA Testing - What is it and why do markers matter?

Complex DNA Testing - What is it and why do markers matter?

DNA Paternity

As a legal professional you may be used to requesting DNA Testing, and when the report arrives simply turning to the conclusion to see if your client is related or not. On the surface that is perfectly acceptable because paternity testing is relatively straightforward, as closely related people... Read More

13th August 2014
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Alcohol Abuse Uncovered

Infographics Alcohol Testing Hair, Drug and Alcohol Industry Updates

Alcohol is the UK's most abused Drug and costs the UK economy over £27billion every year. The statistics shock yet what are we doing about it? This Part 1 of the infographic series starts by uncovering the basics behind the the drug. How common is alcohol abuse and what are the effects.

14th July 2014
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United Kingdom leads Worldwide drug abuse

Hair, Drug and Alcohol

The UK competes for many titles however the latest statistics from the Global Drugs Survey is something that many may want to keep hidden. The 2014 Global Drugs Survey has received over 80,000 responses in over 17 countries it provides a reality check on the changing drug habits. There... Read More

21st May 2014
What affects a hair drug or alcohol test result

What affects a hair drug or alcohol test result

Hair, Drug and Alcohol

When you receive your laboratory report it is important to understand that the following factors will have influenced the result. These should all be taken into consideration as part of an expert report ;  Previous Drug Use – it can take up to 6 months for a heavy user of drugs to show a... Read More

18th April 2014

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