DNA Analysis

What is it?

DNA Analysis is a technique employed by forensic scientists to assist in the identification of individuals by their respective DNA profiles. DNA profiles are encrypted sets of numbers that reflect a person's DNA makeup, which can also be used as the person's identifier

When is it used?

  • Identify potential suspects whose DNA may match evidence left at crime scenes
  • Exonerate persons wrongly accused of crimes
  • Identify crime and catastrophe victims with no other forms of identification
  • Establish paternity and other family relationships
  • Identify endangered and protected species as an aid to wildlife officials (could be used for prosecuting poachers)
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Education Requirements:

~ bachelor's degree related to molecular biology, genetics or forensic sciences

~Undergraduate coursework in molecular genetics programs including: microbiology, immunology, infectious diseases, gene development and biochemistry

~Some required lab hours for experience with equipment and procedures
DNA links suspect to 1999 homicide cold case