Forensic DNA Test for Beef in India

In India, cows are considered as a sacred animal as well as mother. Therefore slaughtering of cows is banned in many states of India. Still it is practiced in these states without any fear. Hence, DNA test is employed by the forensic laboratories to test the beef. Currently, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Delhi are some of the states that carry out forensic DNA tests to identify beef. The process involves extracting DNA from raw or cooked meat. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique is employed to rapidly replicate millions of copies of specific DNA. According to the data journalism portal India Spend, India reported 123 mob attacks between 2010 and 2018 on suspicion of possessing or transporting cow meat. A single test on a suspected beef sample at the National Research Centre on Meat can cost up to Rs 10,000, whereas Delhi’s Forensic Science Laboratory spends roughly 2 lakh rupees on a […]