DNA testing is the most powerful tool for human identification. Since
its discovery in the mid-1980s, DNA profiling had caused a paradigm
shift in the identification of victims, perpetrators and witnesses in
numerous cases. The identification of genetic markers that are highly
variable in human populations is a major step toward the establishment
of reference as well as criminal databases needed for statistical
evaluation of matching DNA evidence, or identification of repeat
offenders, respectively. In addition, the chemical stability of a DNA
molecule against harsh environmental challenges such as extreme
temperatures and high humidity makes it more suitable for criminal
investigations which lasts for months, even years in the Philippines.
Moreover, the fact that a person inherits one’s DNA from one’s parents,
provides an investigator with alternative reference samples, when an
individual’s own reference biological sample is unavailable.
Over 114 high school students and teachers from different parts of Luzon gathered for the 8th Genetics Camp held at the Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS) , University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) last January 19-20.
For this year, the annual event is themed “GENEStability: Sustainable
Agricultural Productivity through Genetics and Biotechnology.” It aims
to introduce and promote the science of Genetics through its
applications. Participating schools include: Recto Memorial National
High School (RMNHS), Quezon National High School, St. Anne College,
Laguna College, and Don Bosco.