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GENELEX RECEIVES FORMAL ACCREDITATIONS; SEAT ON NATIONAL OVERNIGHT COMMITTEE

 GENELEX RECEIVES FORMAL ACCREDITATIONS;
 SEAT ON NATIONAL OVERNIGHT COMMITTEE
 SEATTLE, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- GeneLex Corp., a Seattle-based laboratory that specializes in forensic DNA testing, has been accredited by two independent, national organizations: the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the federal agency which oversees the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988. Laura Mendoza, GeneLex' Parentage Testing Supervisor, has been named to the AABB's Parentage Testing Committee.
 Mendoza has over nine years experience in parentage testing, first using the older HLA, Red Cell and electrophoresis methods, and now, at GeneLex, the newer DNA analysis method. Mendoza holds a Master's degree in Criminalistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The electrophoresis methodology introduced in her Master's thesis has become standard in the field. Mendoza's undergraduate training in medical technology was completed at Loyola University Medical Center and DePaul University. Her work experience includes Eastside Medical Laboratories in Redmond; Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Hospital. The American Association of Blood Banks Parentage Testing Committee appointment is her first national committee position
 The American Association of Blood Banks has conducted an on-site inspection of GeneLex' laboratory, reviewed casework and accredited the company for DNA parentage testing. GeneLex operations received an essentially perfect score on this inspection. The accreditation program is new, and GeneLex is part of the first group of laboratories to be so accredited.
 The United States Department of Health and Human Services administers the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act. GeneLex has received a two-year certification under this mandatory federal program.
 In addition, GeneLex is one of 12 laboratories chosen to participate in the National Institute on Standards and Technology DNA standardization project. Forensic Supervisor Robert M. Thompson has been certified under a testing program conducted by the California Association of Criminalists. GeneLex also participates in a variety of internal and external proficiency testing programs including the Crime Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program and the AABB Paternity Specimen Program.
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 /CONTACT: Howard Coleman, president of GeneLex Corp., 206-382-9591/ CO: Genelex Corp. ST: Washington IN: MTC SU:


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