Molecular biology is the study of biology at a molecular level in particular DNA recovery and analysis. The field overlaps with other areas of biology and chemistry, particularly genetics and biochemistry.
Specimens for DNA analysis include post mortem samples and samples from the living ranging from blood, bone, toenail clippings, or bladder swabs as well as buccal swabs and hair samples.
A core function is to provide identification services for the Coroners Court of Victoria. Forensic identifications needing DNA analysis continue to follow an upward trend, with DNA analysis an integral part of the identification process at the VIFM.
Identification of Missing Persons
As an accredited provider of DNA services, the laboratory’s DNA identification services are used to assist in missing persons and cold case investigations in Victoria as well as interstate and overseas. Integral to these investigations is our commitment to the Victorian Missing Persons DNA Database that enables matching of DNA information, including both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA from unidentified deceased persons to reference samples provided for missing persons.
High profile investigations have included the identification of Daniel Morcombe on behalf of Queensland Police; and the conviction of Robert Adams for the murder of Mary Wallace on behalf of New South Wales Police.