Using DNA as evidence is commonplace in trials, as the technology improves,
simplifying the investigative process. In fact, using DNA as evidence
is a prime example of how cases are handled differently, even from a few
years prior. It is the reason some cases can be resolved many dozens of
years later on down the line. Either to convict a person or, in many cases,
prove innocence and absolve someone of a
How Investigators Use DNA
DNA is collected from many sources. Forensic scientists and print specialists
have primarily used fingerprints as a source of identifying suspects at
a crime because fingerprints are unique to each person. This evidence
can be used and stored in the database, ready for trial.
Here are some examples of DNA uncovered during investigation:
- Hair strands
DNA provides the same information. It is the individual’s genetic
information, which is specific to that person. It can supplement the evidence
in an investigation if fingerprints and other forms of DNA are uncovered.
Or, it may be a reliable source of DNA when no viable fingerprints could
be recovered. DNA evidence has elevated the precision and accuracy with
which criminal cases are investigated. This gives those accused a fighting
chance of proving their innocence.
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