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Justice Minister launches improved DNA Profiling Service

Justice Minister, David Ford has launched Forensic Science Northern Ireland’s new DNA profiling service – DNA 17.
Thursday, 12 December 2013

FSNI is the first forensic science provider in the United Kingdom to launch DNA 17. Today confirms my commitment to investing for the future and providing faster and fairer justice for the community in Northern Ireland.

Minister of Justice David Ford MLA,Northern Ireland Department of Justice

DNA 17 will replace the current DNA profiling system. It is more sensitive and robust, meaning that DNA profiles will more often be found where they would not have been found before. The old system provided analysis on 11 aspects of DNA while the new system will provide analysis on 17, meaning more information for investigators to work on.

Speaking at todays event, David Ford said "This is a very exciting time for DNA profiling in Northern Ireland.  From now on, better information will be available to the courts. DNA 17 is so sensitive that a DNA profile can be obtained from just one or two human cells and from areas where it would not have been possible before.  This is a considerable achievement, meaning that our criminal justice system will now have access to advanced and more robust DNA information providing the best possible evidence.

FSNI is the first forensic science provider in the United Kingdom to launch DNA 17.  Today confirms my commitment to investing for the future and providing faster and fairer justice for the community in Northern Ireland."

Notes to editors:-

FSNIs primary function is to provide science in support of Justice. In doing so, it deploys a wide range of scientific techniques, backed by over 30 years of experience.

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