06 February 2012
Lt Gen H Kakaria,Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services, will launch the DNA Profiling centre at the AFMC on February 8 on the sidelines of the four-day 60th armed forces medical conference, which will begin in the city on February 7.
Presently, the identity of dead armed forces personnel is established by examining personal belongings on the body, studying the identification marks, comparing photographs and others. However, these methods become futile when there is extensive mutilation, disfigurement and decomposition of the body, officers said.
Such accidents happen when personnel are employed in hazardous tasks like bomb disposal, flying fighter planes, research in explosive materials as well as troops deployed in militancy-infested areas. Following such catastrophes, DNA profiling of the available body parts is the only fool-proof scientific method of establishing identity.
This conclave is an unique feature in the calendar of events of the Armed Forces as it brings together officers from all specialties to discuss, deliberate and disseminate new ideas. As the AFMC enters into golden jubilee year of its undergraduate wing, the highlight of this years conference is the 50th meeting of the Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC) — the apex body which guides research in the medical services of the Armed Forces.