Clients come to us for answers to questions they’ve spent years – even decades – trying to figure out. And being able to provide those answers through DNA extraction is incredibly fulfilling. That data unites families and changes history forever.
This was the case for Theresa and Tony Oliver, owners of ARCpoint Labs in Santa Fe Springs, California. They were asked to perform ancestral testing on Mr. Myokolas Birziska, the founding father that signed the Act of Independence of Lithuania from the Soviet Union. It’s the 100th anniversary of the signing, and a huge celebration is scheduled to commemorate the event. The only challenge is Mr. Birziska died 56 years ago in 1962.
“I’ve never performed a DNA extraction on a skeleton,” said Theresa Oliver. “Upon our arrival at Calvary Mortuary in Paramount, California, my son Bryce and I were greeted by two morticians and Mr. Birziska’s casket draped in the Lithuanian flag. They assisted us in the extraction, and we captured DNA from the molars. We’re honored to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. I love DNA and what we do. It’s important and we help families put pieces of their puzzles together.”
Author Theresa Oliver, ARCpoint Labs of Santa Fe Springs, CA
Submitted by Annmarie Dallao, ARCpoint Labs of Reading, PA