International Testing of Forensic Genotyping Prototype Kit

International Testing of Forensic Genotyping Prototype Kit

SUMMARY
The University of the Western Cape in partnership with inqaba biotec™, the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe and the Lesotho Mounted Police Service have joined forces to manufacture, validate and commercialise a novel forensic DNA kit targeting male DNA for improved discrimination in the genetic diversity between African males. inqaba biotec™ as the commercialising partner will manufacture and commercialise the kit prototype (designed by the University of the Western Cape) while the other partners will assist in its validation and the development of a reference database populated by individual profiles from anonymous donors to assess the validity of a match. A comprehensive database for African male genetic data is useful for genealogy, forensic and paternity cases.

PROGRESS
To date the team implementing this project has completed the:
• Testing of manufactured prototype by collaborating laboratories and prospective clients.
• Database development, population and website testing.

OUTCOME AND IMPACT
The forensic genotyping kit is expected to assist in better examination of rape and sexual assault cases, including some cold cases, as well as studies of paternal genealogies, lineages and various opportunities for bioanthropological research. This kit has a shorter reaction time, making it much quicker in obtaining results and its improved discriminatory capacity will make it much easier to distinguish between African males from the family. Together with the database being developed, the kit is expected to contribute significantly to assisting the correctional services in the region, particularly in cases of rape and sexual assault.

 

TEAM

Prof. Maria Eugenia D’Amato
Principal Investigator & Co-Project Leader – South Africa
University of the Western Cape
medamato@uwc.ac.za

Dr Oliver Preisig
Co-Project Leader – South Africa
inqaba biotec™
oliver.preisig@inqababiotec.co.za

Mr Butana Mboniswa
Co-Project Leader – South Africa
inqaba biotec™
butana.mboniswa@inqababiotec.co.za

Ms Mischa Fraser
Project Manager – South Africa
inqaba biotec™
Mischa.Fraser@inqababiotec.co.za

Mr Zephaniah Dhlamini
Project Coordinator – Zimbabwe
National University of Science and Technology
zephaniah.dhlamini@nust.ac.zw

Mr Mohaimin Kasu
PhD Candidate – South Africa
University of the Western Cape
mokasu07@gmail.com

Project Type

Flagship project

Countries involved

Status

Ongoing