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Controlling Contamination in Forensic Analysis

MEDIA RELEASE

4 April 2016

 
Controlling Contamination in Forensic Analysis
 
Imagine this: you’re a forensic scientist involved in a controversial criminal case. The outcome literally lies in your hands as you gaze into the DNA evidence direct from the crime scene. But how can you be sure the DNA isn’t contaminated? What if an outside factor has tainted your sample?
 
There is a standard that exists precisely for this reason. It is designed to minimise DNA contamination and therefore produce DNA evidence of higher quality and interpretive value, according to Clinton Cummins from Victoria Police.
 
The standard changes the way manufacturers make products used in the collection, storage and analysis of forensic evidence. The impact of this standard has been recognised globally and was recently even adopted into international practice.
 
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