Role of DNA in forensic science
DNA is the most powerful tool for human identification. Since the invention of DNA fingerprinting in 1984, also referred to as DNA profiling or genotyping, the technology has assisted forensic investigations by identifying sources of biological samples found in crime scenes, identifying victims of crimes or mass disasters, and in filiation/kinship testing. In 1996, the DNA Analysis Laboratory was established at the University of the Philippines Diliman as the research arm that would work with the two law enforcement agencies, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police, in developing the science of forensic DNA in the country. The presentation will provide an update on how forensic DNA technology is now being used in the Philippines and the need to maximize its use to protect our communities.