New DNA machine will ease and speed up forensic testing

Date: 06 Sep 2006
South Africa is a world leader when it comes to the analysis of DNA samples. This was revealed at the unveiling of the multimillion- rand automated Genetic Sample Processing System (GSPS) at the SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory in Pretoria yesterday. The R75-million GSPS, sponsored by the European Union, is the first of its kind in the world, and can process up to 800 DNA samples a day. Divisional commissioner Piet du Toit, head of the SAPS Forensic Science and Criminal Record Services, said: "The machine is so sophisticated it can determine whether the victim of a sexual assault has been attacked by more than one person, by analysing different DNA samples." He said another GSPS was planned for Cape Town. By Graeme Hosken The Star 06/09/06