Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Sorenson buys forensic genetics lab

Expands to Houston market


Late last night, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that Sorenson, the well-known DNA testing firm in Utah purchased a similar company in Texas.

“Sorenson Genomics of Salt Lake City, a provider of DNA testing services, said it has acquired the Identigene laboratory in Houston.

Identigene, which was founded in 1993, was among the first laboratories to perform commercial paternity testing and has provided forensic DNA work and other services for more than 200,000 clients.

Sorenson Genomics and Identigene are both nationally recognized DNA laboratories, said Douglass Fogg, chief operating officer of Sorenson Genomics. "Both of our operations will benefit from each others' expertise."

Fogg explained that Identigene primarily serves two DNA-testing market segments. It offers forensic testing services, which is primarily criminal casework for law enforcement agencies and defense attorneys, and paternity and family testing. […]

Sorenson also offers those services along with genetic genealogy and ancestry testing, much of which it performs for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, a nonprofit organization that maintains an extensive database to help families trace the origins of their ancestral DNA.”

For the full story, see: posted by Steven Oberbeck, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6/12/2007 11:27pm MDT.

Perhaps it is good to see a DNA firm focusing primarily on DNA research for genealogical purposes expanding into the criminal market. Work in that realm should ensure a sound financial basis for growth.

In the mean time, Dick Eastman reports that the Mayflower Society is accepting DNA as proof of lineage for membership applicants. Ol’ Myrt’s Google Alert for “DNA” turned up a report in the Houston Chronicle that researchers are hoping to make DNA links to the Roanoke Island, North Carolina “Lost Colony” of 1587. Technology sure has an impact on our genealogical research.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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