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Trent University Stands Behind Science & Team at Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lab is a world-renowned leader in providing DNA testing for forensic cases

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

In light of recent headlines around DNA testing performed at Trent University to determine the percentage of chicken DNA in sandwiches from a variety of restaurants, Trent University has issued a statement in support of the independent scientific testing conducted by its Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory.

The testing that Trent University was contracted to perform is characteristic of many forensic DNA tests the laboratory is well-known for undertaking under contract for clients, law enforcement, courts and organizations internationally.

“At Trent we are proud to champion independent research,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor at Trent University. “Defending good science is one of the key roles of universities in society. We are proud of the work of our Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory, its faculty and staff. It is important to stand up for sound scientific findings, particularly when they are unpopular.”

Dr. Neil Emery, vice-president, Research and Innovation at Trent, added: “The Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory at Trent University has earned a prominent international reputation for its outstanding work in the field of DNA forensics. The University stands by the quality of the DNA Laboratory, its professors, scientists and technicians who do important work and contribute to the advancement of DNA testing techniques. This includes expertise in meat identification and involvement with over 750 forensic cases.”

In addition to currently reported testing on DNA content in fast food sandwiches, the University’s DNA Lab has contributed to many well-known tests and cases, many of which have made media headlines.

The Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory is part of the Natural Resources DNA Profiling & Forensic Centre at Trent University.

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham – Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.

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Kate Weersink, media relations & strategic communications officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6180 or kateweersink@trentu.ca

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