NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sorenson Forensics will help develop DNA forensics capabilities at a research institute in Senegal’s capital of Dakar, the Salt Lake City-based company said today.
Under the agreement with the Senegalese government, Sorenson Forensics will work to help the Center for Diagnostics and Research in Molecular Medicine become the first forensic DNA lab in western Africa, and will provide ongoing support and lab validation services.
Sorenson Forensics said it is currently training two groups of scientists from Senegal at its labs in Salt Lake City. Sorenson representatives will spend a total of five months in Dakar helping to establish lab processes and procedures, and then will provide support over the following year.
"It is critical that these dedicated Senegalese scientists have the tools and processes they need to effectively assist law enforcement and government officials because there is a face and a name behind every forensics case authorities are called to investigate, and a family waiting to hear their results,” Sorenson Forensics’ lab director, Tim Kupferschmid, said in a statement.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.