The ultimate goal for iMed Laboratories is to make a significant contribution to establishing South Africa as the biotechnology hub for Africa in the field of Molecular DNA profiling. With our multifunctional fully equipped molecular biotechnology laboratory, iMed renders comprehensive services in the areas of forensic DNA profiling and parental testing, thereby making a profound contribution towards solving South Africa’s most urgent pressing needs in the areas of Forensic DNA profiling and Gender Based Violence, thereby advancing justice through DNA technology.
Forensic DNA evidence has tremendous potential to solve some of our Nation’s most serious crimes. However, DNA currently is not used to its full potential in the criminal justice system. One of the biggest problems facing the criminal justice system today is the substantial backlog of unanalysed DNA samples and biological evidence from crime scenes, especially in sexual assault and murder cases. Too often, crime scene samples wait unanalysed in police or crime lab storage facilities. Timely analysis of these samples and placement into DNA databases can avert tragic results.
Forensic science & DNA testing are highly technical processes requiring extreme accuracy, thoroughness, and documentation. When the two disciplines are combined, only a forensic DNA laboratory with expert molecular biology scientists, and critically refined processing techniques, supported by a quality management system, can provide the level of performance needed to assure quality forensic DNA testing results that can withstand rigorous review. DNA testing must be conducted in a laboratory with dedicated facilities and equipment that meet stringent requirements.
DNA Relationship Testing can be requested for several reasons:
DNA Relationship testing includes:
We offer paternity testing both for legal/maintenance purposes as well as self-collection tests for ‘peace of mind’.
Peace of mind’ paternity tests can be done for individuals requiring the outcome of the test for their own knowledge using a self-collection paternity test kit. These results will not be able to be used in court or for any legal purposes.
Should the results be required for court, sampling must be performed by a registered medical practitioner or registered nurse and chain of custody maintained throughout the entire chain from the point of origin through the analysis stages to the ultimate storage of the sample.