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Posted On: 27 December 2008 02:04 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Genetic fingerprinting to be introduced in region

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The Forensic Laboratory here has trained 20 women from Arab countries as part of a plan to introduce genetic fingerprinting in the region.

The four-day training course titled, ‘Methods of Separation and Extracting DNA from Biological Samples’, was organised by the Forensic Laboratory Department at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the International Cooperation Department in collaboration with the Naif Arab University for Security Science.

The course was opened by Brigadier Hassan Ahmad Al Obiedly, Director of the Forensic Laboratory, on Sunday, along with Brigadier Saud Abdullah Al Mahmoud, Director of the International Cooperation Department, and Ahmed Shaaban Qassab from Naif Arab University, among other officials.

Speaking at the event, Al Obiedly said MoI’s departments have initiated new programmes and training courses that have equipped staff to maintain security efficiently. The course will help the introduction of genetic fingerprinting in criminal investigation and this in turn will foster inter-Arab security cooperation.

He appreciated the efforts of Naif Arab University, which is conducting the practical course. “The initiative aims to unite the efforts of the Arab police and security forces and achieve security and stability. The Forensic Laboratory will provide the necessary technical assistance so that the scientific course bears fruit.”

Brigadier Al Mahmoud noted that the objective of the course was to upgrade the skills of the employees of forensic labs in this vital field. The course will highlight the latest methods and techniques applied in identifying genetic fingerprints and the session is a continuation of the cooperation between Qatar’s Ministry of Interior and the security agencies of Arab states.