BRAMPTON, ON, March 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories
announced today that Lakehead University, in partnership with Warnex
PRO-DNA Services (a division of Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories),
has been awarded a grant from the Government of Canada to create a new
North American mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) database for use in forensic
investigations by law enforcement agencies.
As announced today by the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor,
the federal government will contribute an investment of $338,050 as
part of a $1.3 million initiative to create MitoNorth - a new DNA
database for mtDNA, to support the use of mtDNA in forensic
investigations. Mitochondrial DNA testing is crucial in cases where
nuclear DNA testing is not possible, such as for shed hairs at crime
scenes, identification of missing persons (skeletal remains with
degraded DNA) and when there is insufficient nuclear DNA.
The funding will be shared between Lakehead University's Paleo DNA
Laboratory and the Warnex PRO-DNA Services laboratory, both of which
are based in Thunder Bay, Ontario and are the only two Canadian-based
facilities to provide mtDNA services to law enforcement agencies.
"We are very pleased to obtain this funding, which will enable us to
expand the use of our mtDNA testing services to benefit forensic
investigators, law enforcement agencies and the legal community,"
explained Dr. Yvan P. Côté, General Manager of Warnex PRO-DNA Services,
a division of Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories. "This new database
will significantly improve the use of mtDNA for law enforcement around
the world, helping to incarcerate guilty parties or add credibility to
the acquittal of innocent individuals.
"We look forward to working with our partners at Lakehead University to
lead the creation of a Canadian mtDNA centre of excellence in Thunder
Bay," said Dr. Yvan P. Côté.
About Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories
Providing Information. Impacting Lives. Caring for People. By living this mission, Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories will
achieve its vision of becoming the trusted leader in transforming
laboratory information and services into solutions that improve health,
wellness and the Canadian health care system.
Gamma-Dynacare (www.gamma-dynacare.com) is one of Canada's largest and most respected providers of laboratory
services and solutions, with more than 50 years of experience serving
Canadians. Headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, Gamma-Dynacare operates
five laboratories in Ontario (Brampton, Bowmanville, London, Ottawa and
Thunder Bay), two in Quebec (Pointe-Claire and Laval) and three in
Winnipeg. In addition, Gamma-Dynacare operates more than 200 Patient
Services Centres in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and
Alberta. Gamma-Dynacare's 2,000 skilled and dedicated employees
perform millions of tests each year, playing a key role in the
prevention and diagnosis of disease and the treatment of patients.
For more information on Warnex PRO-DNA Services' forensic and DNA
identification services, visit www.prodna.ca.
SOURCE Gamma Dynacare Medical Laboratories
For further information:
Shelley Jourard, Director, Corporate Communications, Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories, (905) 790-3515 or 1-866-790-3515, ext. 5377.