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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Who's Responsible for Doing the Test?

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Typically, a government forensic laboratory will be responsible for conducting the DNA analysis. However, sometimes DNA casework will be sent to a private laboratory for testing. The defendant's attorney may request that additional testing be conducted by the same or a different laboratory.

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