Health Network Laboratories Acquires Two Forensic DNA Laboratories
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. – Health Network Laboratories (HNL) has acquired two forensic DNA laboratories, Fairfax Identity Laboratories and Mitotyping Technologies. Based in State College, Pa., these recently merged forensic laboratories provide comprehensive DNA testing services in human identification, paternity, criminal investigation, tissue identification, immigration, estate settlements, adoption and species lineage. These laboratories also provide expert witness testimony in high profile forensic cases and have a reputation of working on the most challenging cases using advanced technical and scientific expertise. read more
Yeti project completed: It wasn't human forensics but it was fun! Read about it here along with the accompanying commentary from Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Thanks to Dr. Bryan Sykes for asking us to participate.
Please see our new peer reviewed article on Next Gen Sequencing in Forensic Science Reviewhere.
We've published a peer reviewed paper on mtDNA analysis of very old, very small hairs here in Investigative Genetics.
What We Do
Mitotyping specializes in crime scene hairs, missing persons, genealogical investigation, adoption maternity, historical cases, cold cases, ancient DNA, and post-conviction evaluation. Each sample is individually analyzed.
mtDNA v. nuclear DNA
Mitochondrial DNA is present in rootless shed hairs, hair fragments, skeletal remains, and other samples too minimal and/or degraded for STR testing.
We Have the Experience
Mitotyping has been an ASCLD/LAB accredited laboratory since 2001
and is now accredited with the new ASCLD/LAB-International program
We are also permitted in the area of forensic identity by the New York State Department of Health.
The Clear Choice for Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Analysis andNuclear DNA Analysis
Please allow us to provide our customary superior service, rapid TAT and outstanding quality to all your criminal and missing person cases including hairs, sexual assault material, skeletal material, and stains of all types.
Mitotyping Technologies is primarily devoted to the forensic applications of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis. We are one of the oldest and most experienced companies providing forensic mitochondrial DNA testing featuring 72-hour turnaround time for DNA identification of human remains. We have worked on criminal, civil, and federal cases in 49 states and numerous foreign countries and have testified over 200 times in mitochondrial DNA cases. We are proud to serve both prosecution and defense teams, law enforcement agencies, and private individuals. Forensic Science Reviews has published our summer 2012 article titled "Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Analysis: Current Practice and Future Potential," by Terry Melton, Charity Holland, and Mitchell Holland. For read-only access to this article, click here.
The mitochondrial DNA analysis of shed hairs and hair fragments is our specialty.We have a 95.5% success rate in developing profiles from hairs of all ages and sizes and are the only forensic laboratory that uses an "ancient DNA" approach for challenged samples. Each sample is analyzed individually to account for its specific analytical needs. Click here for our recently published, peer-reviewed article in Investigative Genetics: http://www.investigativegenetics.com/content/3/1/12
Typical mitochondrial DNA cases:
Hair in the hand of a homicide victim
Shed pubic hairs in sexual assault
Hair in discarded crime scene masks or clothing
Skeletal remains in missing persons cases
Please contact us to determine if mitochondrial DNA analysis can be helpful to your case. Our fee schedule is available on request and our prices are very competitive.
We provide mtDNA and STR analysis for international clients and welcome contacts with all agencies outside the United States. We are excited about helping you introduce these superb technologies to your repertoire of criminal justice laboratory methods.
Our clients include the Australian Federal Police, Ontario Provincial Police, the UK's LGC Forensics, Royal Bahamas Police, Israel National Police, and New Zealand's Institute of Environmental Science and Research.
If mtDNA analysis is not available in your jurisdiction, please contact us.
Our fees are the same for international clients as for domestic clients.
Accredited by ASCLD/LAB since 2001 and permitted in forensic identity by New York State.
Mitotyping Technologies is a division of Health Network Laboratories, located in Allentown, Pa.