Kathmandu, February 8:
National Forensic Science Laboratory (NFSL) has recently imported Liquid Nitrogen Freezer Mill. It is all set to acquire another sophisticated equipment â€” Real Time PCR â€” within a month. The latter will help conduct DNA tests in bones, a historic first in the country.
â€œThe Real Time PCR will enable us to analyse DNA in smallest bone particles. The technology will be a guiding force to establish the identity of missing people. It will also be crucial to solve criminal cases,â€ said Jeevan Prasad Rijal, forensic expert, NFSL.
Plans are afoot to set up a DNA data bank for wild animals. The initiative will help maintain a headcount of wild animals and an understanding of their habitats.
â€œHowever, such a project required huge investment. We need to approach donor agencies,â€ he said.
â€˜The advent of technology will lead to establishment of DNA data bank. Samples are being collected from criminals. At a later stage, this will be integrated with the DNA Data Bank Highway of other countries. Hence, a criminal can be nabbed anywhere in the world on the basis of clinching evidence,â€ explained Rijal.
The senior official felt that import of hi-tech technology was not as challenging as coping up with the innovations in a fast changing world.