Company to develop equipment to determine child’s paternity


The Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of African Biosciences Limited (ABL), Mr. Callistus Igwilo, has said the company is working toward developing an indigenous equipment to determine a child’s paternity.

He made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

According to him, ABL is a subsidiary of African Biosciences Corporation (ABC), a new innovative life sciences company established as a corporation in Delaware.

Founded to, among other things, create easy access to bioscience research regents and medical testing supplies through e-commerce platform in Nigeria first and then across African countries, Igwilo said ABL was developing Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine used to amplify deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) samples in the case of examination to ascertain the true paternity of a child.

PCR is a method widely used in molecular biology to make many copies of specific DNA segment. Using a single copy of DNA sequence is exponentially amplified to generate thousands to millions of more copies of that DNA segment.

Igwilo explained that “the PCR is used to amplify DNA to save millions of copies made, so that the investigator will have enough samples to work on, maybe you want to look at the Short Tandem Repeat (STR or microsatellite) normally called the STR markers.

The STR is a tract of repetitive DNA in which certain DNA motifs are repeated, typically 5-50 times. Microsatellites occur at thousands of locations within an organism’s genome. They have a higher mutation rate than other areas of DNA leading to high genetic diversity.

The operating officer said: “we will, therefore, need the PCR machine to amplify DNA into millions of samples. Until now, everything we used here was imported.

“But we made that decision late last year and we are working on it to produce the local one that will be cheap, accessible and will even be used by secondary school students.’’

The scientist said that the company was also working on other products that would reduce Nigeria’s importation and dependence on other countries.

“Also, we are working on Molecular Grade Water, when you are doing DNA-related stuff at the molecular level, any contamination can affect your result.

“So, the water used in doing those molecular work we call them the molecular grade water, free of all kinds of contaminations, till now, we also import the water.

“We are ramping up facilities to produce them locally here in Nigeria and supply to other companies that require it, we should not be importing molecular grade water from abroad.”

He, however, added that the company had no facilities to develop the water and therefore, would collaborate with University of Jos (UNIJOS) that had the equipment.

“As a private company, we don’t have the resources to get all the equipment we need to do the work, but we found out that some research institutes have specialised equipment, so, we are going into public/private partnership to have access to the entire market.”

Thanks for reading via the most updated news portal


Good  journalism costs a lot of money.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble Endeavor.

By contributing to LeakBlast, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Support LeakBlast



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here