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Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program                                                            
Phase 3 (2007 Deadline)

Development of DNA Database for Convicted Offenders in Pakistan
Mohammad A. Tahir, Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, Cleveland, OH
Shaheen N. Khan, Centre for Applied Molecular Biology, Lahore
Pakistani Funding (MoST):  $60,000
US Funding:    $90,000

Project Dates on US Side:  May 1, 2008 - April 30, 2010 (Project Terminated)

Project Overview

By combining the resources of the two organizations involved—the Centre for Applied Molecular Biology (CAMB) and Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office—this project will provide Pakistani scientists with the most advanced forensic science technologies, allowing the country to take greater steps towards self-sufficiency in the fight against domestic and international criminal activity occurring on Pakistani soil. This project will not only bring the latest scientific knowledge to Pakistan, but it will also enable Pakistani scientists to impart this knowledge within the law enforcement and legal communities, so that the science can be used effectively from start to finish within the justice system. This system-wide approach in preventing and solving crimes has been successful in many parts of the world, so it should bring greater safety to Pakistani citizens and justice to those who would seek to use Pakistan to foment terrorist activity.

CAMB is the first dedicated laboratory engaged in forensic DNA testing services in Pakistan and collaborated with Dr. Tahir on a project funded in Phase 1 of the Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Program. The current project builds on the previous one to focus specifically on a national DNA database, which is currently lacking in Pakistan. Therefore, the main goals of this project are to lay the groundwork for development of a DNA database for convicted offenders; train a group of scientists specifically for the development and usage of a DNA database; and promote the use of DNA technology by holding specifically designed symposia and seminars for the relevant stakeholders and training courses for criminal investigations officers in identification, collection, and preservation of biological evidence from the crime scene.

Quarterly Update

Dr. Tahir, PI on the U.S. side, has left the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office and the project has been terminated.

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