Statement from Trent University lab

Trent University Stands Behind Science & Team at Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory
Lab is a world-renowned leader in providing DNA testing for forensic cases

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.