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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Elimination Samples

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In certain cases, elimination samples may be requested for DNA analysis. Elimination samples are used to help determine the value of a specific biological sample.

For instance, if a cigarette butt is recovered from a crime scene, elimination samples could be obtained from individuals who had access to the scene. This may show that the cigarette butt was left by the perpetrator.

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