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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Special Considerations for the Prosecution

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Special Considerations for the Prosecution: Prioritization of DNA Testing of Biological Materials

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Crime scene technicians may collect numerous items of evidence that could contain biological material. Similarly, they will often collect individual items such as carpets or motel bedspreads that are likely to contain biological material from numerous sources.

Prosecutors should consult with the DNA analyst assigned to the case to determine which samples are most likely to yield probative DNA results.

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