Saturday, August 7, 2010

How does DNA help to solve criminal cases?

Some Examples of DNA Uses for Forensic Identification

Identify potential suspects whose DNA may match evidence left at crime scenes

Exonerate persons wrongly accused of crimes

Identify crime and catastrophe victims

Establish paternity and other family relationships

Identify endangered and protected species as an aid to wildlife officials (could be used for prosecuting poachers)

Detect bacteria and other organisms that may pollute air, water, soil, and food

Match organ donors with recipients in transplant programs

Determine pedigree for seed or livestock breeds

Authenticate consumables such as caviar and wine

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