The Center for Genetic Identification is assignment based and offers DNA-analyses to institutions and organisations.
The Center for Genetic Identification welcomes assignments from professionals working in conservation, species management, customs, food control and research, among others. We primarily offer help to genetically identify from which plant or animal a specific objects derives.
Examples of objects:
We also offer more extensive and detailed identifications. It is for instance possible to determine several species from composite materials, like food products or environmental samples (eDNA).
Additionally, we can determine if two different samples originate from the same individual, which for instance can be applied to faeces or fur.
We have conducted several population surveys and can perform tracing of individuals as well as estimations of entire populations.
The Center for Genetic Identification was established in 2013 at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Its location is favourable, with close connections and access to expert knowledge in DNA, zoology, botany and a reference library, dnanyckeln.se. The museum further houses one of the world's largest natural history collections, abound with reference material.
On site are modern state-of-the-art laboratories, equipped for doing analyses of both fresh and historic material. For subfossil samples, there is also a separate laboratory, specifically designed for extracting and working with degraded (ancient) DNA.
Here are a few examples of results from assignments given to CGI over the last couple of years:
To inspire and increase knowledge on DNA analyses, the museum is now launching a project about environmental DNA - Miljöövervakarens DNA-skola (for now only available in swedish).The intent is to create a forum for surveyors, to learn more and to be able to pose questions directly to researchers.
For further information you are welcome to e-mail Centrum för genetisk identifiering (CGI) or call 08-519 54 284.
The museum is certified according to ISO 14001:2004. This implies high standards for all activities performed in the laboratories used by the Center for Genetic Investigation.
The Swedish Museum of Natural History is one of few goverment institutions with such a high standard set for its environmental commitment.