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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

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What information about the victim or others will the test results reveal?

Traditional forensic DNA test results currently do not contain information on physical characteristics (e.g., hair color, eye color) or medical conditions of the person who contributed the DNA. However, they usually do reveal the gender of the sample donor(s). As newer techniques emerge, they may be able to predict an individuals ancestry or certain physical characteristics such as hair and eye color.

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