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A multi-national delegation, headed by Dr. William Clark of INTERPOL, has conducted a two-day training workshop and site inspection at the DNA Forensics Laboratory at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters in Nairobi.
 
This was done in order to assist KWS in making the laboratory fully operational in 2014. The delegation included DNA forensic and law enforcement experts from Israel, India, Netherlands and the United States.
 
A fully functioning DNA forensics lab will undoubtedly assist KWS and result in an increase in prosecutions and convictions of wildlife offenders. According to Moses Otiende, molecular biologist and head of the new laboratory, the concept of a KWS DNA forensics laboratory began about 3 or 4 years ago in response to new challenges faced by law enforcement particularly in combating the rising trade in bush meat, where dealers skin and debone their quarry frustrating law enforcement efforts to identify which species are involved. KWS recognized the value of being able to use DNA analysis in not only addressing the bush meat trade but also in addressing the alarming rise in poaching and trafficking of many Kenyan wildlife species, including elephants and rhinos. 
 
 
Soucre: Annamiticus
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