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NCJ Number: 120716 Find in a Library
Title: DNA Analysis: The Challenge for Police
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:56  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1989)  Pages:92,94-95
Author(s): T W Burke; W F Rowe
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 3
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The analysis of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is an important tool for police investigators and forensic scientists, because it enables forensic serologists to identify offenders with almost complete certainty.
Abstract: DNA analysis has several benefits. Only a small amount of tissue is required for DNA analysis, and it can be used for samples that are too old for the identification of many protein genetic markers. In addition, it is useful for analyzing the mixed stains that often occur in sexual assault cases. Moreover, a laboratory can easily check the results from another laboratory, and a database of DNA patterns can be established to aid further investigations. Limitations of DNA analysis include the time it requires, its cost, the repetitive procedures involved, and the small number of forensic serologists trained in the technique. 3 reference notes.
Main Term(s): DNA fingerprinting
Index Term(s): Blood/body fluid analysis; Forensic sciences; Suspect identification; Tissue analysis
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