Story Highlights: Immigration DNA Testing

An article in a U.K. paper describes the frustration a father felt when immigration officials did not believe he was the father of a boy for whom he was petitioning a visa, expressing his willingness to undergo a DNA test to prove the relationship. In the United States, a New York Times article relates the story of…

Validating Cell Lines Using DNA Testing

The August issue of Biotechniques highlights the importance of validating the identity of cell lines used in research studies (for example, in developing cancer therapies). Cell line contamination has been a problem in many scientific studies—even those already published—the majority of which are funded by public funds and charitable grants. Because many subsequent research studies…