Mitotyping Technologies - The clear choice for forensic mitochondrial DNA and STR analysis.

Accredited for human identity testing by ASCLD/LAB since 2001 and permitted in forensic identity by New York State.

We are also permitted in the area of forensic identity by the New York State Department of Health.

We recover mtDNA from over 95.5% of hairs.

Please see our January 2005 publication in Journal of Forensic Sciences about our five years of casework experience with hair analysis. Our protocols for working with degraded DNA give us a superior recovery rate for mtDNA in challenged samples.

Choosing a mitochondrial DNA lab
Mitochondrial DNA testing should only be performed by laboratories with considerable experience in handling the unusually difficult samples that require this form of testing. The primary reason for this is that experienced labs can extract minimal amounts of mtDNA from difficult samples. In the event of a sample failure, an inexperienced lab would never know whether their extractions and PCRs were simply not sensitive enough, or whether the sample lacked non-degraded DNA altogether. In addition, contamination controls are heightened in a mitochondrial DNA laboratory, where working at the limits of sensitivity is standard operating procedure.
Ask your current mtDNA analysis provider what percentage of tested hairs and bones yield results in their hands.  We currently obtain results in well over 90% of cases because we apply methods specifically designed to recover minimal and degraded mitochondrial DNA.  Individual sample handling, which greatly increases the likelihood of DNA recovery, is necessary in a mtDNA laboratory.
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Mitotyping Technologies - The clear choice for forensic mitochondrial DNA and STR analysis.