DoST Urges Trial Lawyers to Learn DNA Technology

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DoST Urges Trial Lawyers to Learn DNA Technology


Byline: MADEL R. SABATER

The Department of Science and Technology's Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (PCASTRD -- DoST) has urged trial lawyers to familiariaze themselves on forensic deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) technology to gain more advantage in handling various criminal cases in the country.

In an Information Campaign on Forensic DNA Technology for Trial Lawyers and Judges in the Philippines held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City recently, PCASTRD executive director Dr. Reynaldo Ebora said it is important for trial lawyers to "be informed of the uses of DNA technology, its application and uses in court proceedings" as it can be used as a tool to help solve crimes and deliver justice, adding that it "revolutionizes the justice system" in the country.

"It is important that (trial lawyers) become equipped to acquit or (prosecute) a suspected," Ebora said.

According to Ebora, forensic DNA technology is being widely used in the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Canada, and the United States "to facilitate criminal proceedings."

University of the Philippines, Diliman -- Natural Science Research Institute (UP -- NSRI) DNA laboratory head Dr. Maria Corazon de Ungria, in a presentation, said that DNA, a chemical compound; a genetic blueprint of all living organisms, can help assist in criminal investigations; evaluate filiation in disputed parentage cases; and help identify mass disaster victims. …

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