DNA profiles generated from forensic casework samples undergo comparative analysis to include or exclude potential suspects or victims as the source of the biological material. DNA analysts generate reports which provide statistics to assist in the interpretation of the results and testify in court, as necessary. The DNA Unit analyzes nuclear DNA utilizing PCR-based techniques to conduct autosomal STR (Short Tandem Repeat) and Y-STR (male specific DNA typing) analyses. This Unit features state of the art equipment that includes:
- Robotics for DNA extraction and purification;
- Automated DNA quantifiers;
- Genetic analyzers used for separating the DNA fragments and obtaining profiles.
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