The Story of a Commercial Y-Chromosome Genotyping Prototype Taylored for The African Continent 2018-04-21T15:19:02+00:00

The Story of a Commercial Y-Chromosome Genotyping Prototype Taylored for the African Continent held on 14 February 2017 at NFSA, Islamabad

Since 2006, NFSA has been providing forensic services to various Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), judiciary and government organizations across Pakistan. Moreover, NFSA has also been providing trainings to aforementioned departments not only to spread forensic awareness but also to equip them with latest criminal investigative techniques as, forensic science is a vital tool to fight lawlessness. The Story of a Commercial Y-chromosome Genotyping Prototype Taylored for The African Continent was provided by NFSA on 14th Februaury 2018, was also the part of this initiative.


  1. Prof. Maria Eugenia D’Amato

(University of the Western Cape South Africa)


  • Forensic science Lab KPK Police
  • Forensic Division Karachi, Sindh
  • Forensic Division Hyderabad, Sindh
  • Forensic Science Laboratory Peshawar
  • IBGE, KRL Islamabad
  • KMC Peshawar
  • KP- Police FSL Peshawar
  • NFSA
  • AFIP

Thrust of Discussion

The topics brought to light were: –

Y-Chromosome STRs Project

Dr. Maria gives a comprehensive overview of Y- Chromosome STR Project. She describes the role of Y-STR Multiplex use in Forensic, especially in sexual offences related case in South Africa. She elaborated the advantages and disadvantages of Y- Chromosome STR. Advantages of Y- STR is easily detected in mixture e.g. female and male DNA it is powerful exclusion tool. In Y-STR project Dr. Maria design highly efficient Y-STR multiplex for African population.


The aim of the program was to primarily aware the Scientist about the most comprehensive understanding of existing genetic diversity among the different ethnic group from all over the world, especially in African population.


Following suggestions were bought forth by the participants: –

  • To conduct more programs on topics related to forensics DNA and on Y- Chromosome.
  • Increase number of participants including other working staff from same organization.
  • To carry out more desktop exercises to get a better understanding of things learned during lectures.