03 Jan '12, 9am

HSA re-tests DNA samples of 87 criminal cases as a precautionary measure

PRESS RELEASE 3 JANUARY 2012 The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has initiated the re-test of the DNA samples of 87 criminal cases as a precautionary measure in consultation with the Singapore Police Force (SPF), the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC). This re-testing was initiated following HSA's discovery that a reagent of higher than usual concentration (“the Reagent”) was prepared and used as part of the DNA testing process in its DNA Profiling Laboratory (DNAPL) from October 2010 to August 2011. 2 In August 2011, the DNAPL laboratory manager, who had prepared the batch of the Reagent, realised that its concentration was higher than usual and promptly highlighted this to the laboratory supervisors. 3 The key scientific impact of the Reagent being used is a marginal reduction in the sensitivity of the DNA tests when low levels of DN...

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