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LGC to Lead the Way in Identifying Fallen Military Personnel via DNA Tests

publication date: Jun 5, 2014
author/source: LGC

DNA for forensics

LGC today announced that they have been awarded a two-year contract by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide DNA Testing Services to assist with the identification of historic remains recovered from battlefields and aircraft crash sites.

The contract let on behalf of the Ministry of Defence Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) will assist the work undertaken by the JCCC’s Commemorations team in their efforts to positively identify the remains of British Service personnel recovered from battlefields, or other sites, arising from conflicts in the 20th Century.

Jeremy Cook, Managing Director of LGC’s Laboratory and Managed Services division, said, “We are, naturally, delighted and honoured to play a key part in this important project. With almost 100 years’ experience of forensic work, from crime scene to the courtroom, our formidable expertise and casework success has helped unravel the mystery of some of the UK’s most publicised and intractable ‘cold’ cases. Our innovative work to identify the soldiers at Fromelles highlights our strength in projects such as this and we look forward to working with the JCCC to identify these historic remains.”

LGC is an internationally-renowned provider of DNA testing services, as well as a full suite of forensic science services. This project follows LGC’s ground-breaking work in identifying the remains of in excess of 120 World War One soldiers, who fell at the Battle of Fromelles in northern France on 19 July 1916.

The majority of the work performed under the contract, will take place at LGC’s fully-accredited DNA laboratory in Teddington.

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