Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The use of forensic DNA evidence in effective governance of the local community

Adapted Article
Written by Ma. Corazon A. de Ungria, PhD
04 October 2012

Photo credits: Philippine Genome Center
Among the forensic sciences, the most recently introduced and among the most powerful means of identification is DNA technology. By taking advantage of one’s genetic code, it has become easier to link suspects to a crime based on biological samples found in crime scenes. By taking advantage of the hereditary nature of DNA, it has also become simpler to resolve issues of filial obligation, particularly in matters pertaining to child support or claims of inheritance. However, in order to successfully implement this technology at the local level, support from government and full cooperation of the community must be obtained.