How to catch a criminal through DNA

The following is the second part of an exclusive series of articles published by the Cape Argus on the Plattekloof Forensic Science Laboratory in the Western Cape.

Writer Lance Witten has his cheek swabbed for DNA before touring the Plattekloof Forensic Science Laboratory which deals with a variety of forensic disciplines and evidence for crime and court cases. Picture: Tracey Adams. Credit: CAPE ARGUS

Cape Town – The gleaming floors of the Police Forensics Laboratory reflect the light from the energy-saving intelligent fluorescent lighting above.

Colonel Thembela Lamani, head of the Biology unit, leads the Cape Argus team through the silent halls of strictly secured offices and laboratories in the Plattekloof facility.

Inside the glass-walled labs, scrubbed technicians busy themselves with some of the most sensitive work the Cape Town facility handles.

Cross contamination is a constant risk and needs to be mitigated as stringently as possible.

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SOURCE: This article was first published online by IOL News on the 14th of June 2016

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