Life Technologies to Provide Lab Solution to Identify Up to 20,000 Human Remains in Libya's Mass Graves
Life Technologies (NASDAQ: LIFE) today announced it will provide a complete laboratory solution to identify an estimated 20,000 human remains found in various mass graves in Libya following the uprising of 2011 and to address missing persons cases from the 42-year regime of Muammar Gaddafi. This identification work is expected to take several years.
Life Technologies, a leader in forensic DNA technologies, will provide the infrastructure, including the expertise, training, and the forensic instruments and materials to validate the workflow and process DNA samples through its Dubai-based distributor Integrated Gulf Biosystems (IGB).
"It is our hope that many families will find the answers to what happened to their loved ones," said Peter Silvester, President, Life Technologies, Europe, Middle East & Africa. "By providing the laboratory setup and forensic expertise we will help train Libyan scientists in the very latest instruments, technology and protocols to enable them in their work and help promote reconciliation in Libya."
Life Technologies will create two separate DNA lines - one geared toward reference samples and the second focusing on processing samples from human remains. Fifty-thousand samples will be processed