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ICI HELPS IDENTIFY CRIMINALS FASTER WITH NEW GENETIC FINGERPRINTING TEST

ICI HELPS IDENTIFY CRIMINALS FASTER WITH NEW GENETIC FINGERPRINTING TEST
 GERMANTOWN, Md., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Imperial Chemical Industries (NYSE: ICI), London, U.K., is launching a new fast genetic fingerprinting test which will allow police to identify criminals within 48 hours, compared with the four to six weeks previously taken.
 The advanced test should help innocent people be cleared much faster.
 The new test is of worldwide significance because it allows each person's unique genetic profile to be expressed as a numerical code which can be easily computerized. This "digital" typing means that law enforcement agencies worldwide could build up and have access to a global database containing the genetic fingerprints of convicted criminals. Present day genetic fingerprints resemble supermarket bar codes, but are not readily computerized.
 The new test was discovered by Professor Alec Jeffreys of Leicester University, who also pioneered the original genetic fingerprinting test. It will be manufactured, distributed and used by ICI's genetic fingerprinting business, Cellmark Diagnostics.
 DNA FINGERPRINTING(SM) is used to identify individuals to a high degree of accuracy. A unique DNA fingerprint can be derived by analyzing biological material like blood, semen, saliva and hair roots. The new test is even more sensitive and provides reliable, accurate identification from very small samples.
 By comparing the DNA fingerprint derived from biological material left at the scene of a crime with that produced from a suspect's blood sample, police can determine if that individual could be the source of the evidence.
 "Cellmark has always been at the leading edge of genetic testing," commented James Werner, president, Cellmark. "A breakthrough combining speed, uniqueness and sensitivity has long been sought by the forensic community and this test will meet that need."
 The discovery is described in a paper published in Nature on Nov. 21, 1991.
 In the human identify business, the market for DNA identity testing is potentially worth between $10 million and $20 million.
 Cellmark Diagnostics, headquartered in Germantown, is the largest independent forensic DNA laboratory in the United States. Cellmark was the first laboratory to offer DNA FINGERPRINTING services and currently performs both paternity and forensic testing. Cellmark is a business unit of ICI Americas Inc.
 ICI Americas is the U.S. operating unit of ICI, one of the world's leading science-based companies with operations in 40 countries and annual sales of approximately $25 billion. In North America, including the United States, Canada and Mexico, ICI employs about 25,000 people and has annual sales of about $6 billion.
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