Groundbreaking for new state-of-the-art Regional Forensic Genetics Laboratory

April 9, 2012 10:22:57 AM PDT
Harris County, through a collaborative effort with the Texas Medical Center, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of a new state-of-the-art Regional Forensic Genetics Laboratory.

The new lab will move into its new home this fall. The 16,000 sq. foot space located in the Texas Medical Center's John P. McGovern Building will be converted into a premier forensic genetics laboratory with state-of-the-art technology providing the laboratory staff with tools to deliver high quality forensic testing services.

DNA lab staff and analysts, crime scene team, and other DNA specialists of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences will occupy the space.

"DNA testing has forever changed forensic science, and we are proud to proactively participate in the development and use of this increasingly essential science. The new DNA facility will enable us to expand our services to meet the growing demands for DNA testing in our community," said Dr. Luis A. Sanchez, the Chief Medical Examiner for Harris County

The laboratory, with its regional focus and innovative technologies, will provide far-reaching benefits in terms of evidence processing used for convictions and exonerations in criminal investigations.

"This lab will produce the best scientific evidence for the justice system and the research will advance science. The transformation of vision into the reality of cutting-edge science will solve crimes, identify dangerous predators and serial criminals, and prove guilt or innocence. Science in the service of justice," said Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 10 at 2pm at The National Center for Human Performance in the Texas Medical Center located at 2450 Holcombe Boulevard.

HCIFS is a long-standing member institution of the Texas Medical Center. The Regional Forensic Genetics Laboratory will provide the highest quality analytical support to Harris County Medical Examiners, Harris County Law Enforcement and community agencies. To find out more, you can visit:

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