Retrieval of DNA from the faces of children aged 0–5 years: a technical note

Maguire, Sabine, Ellaway, B., Bowyer, V. L., Graham, Eleanor and Rutty, Guy (2008) Retrieval of DNA from the faces of children aged 0–5 years: a technical note. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 4 (1). pp. 40-44. ISSN 1556-3693

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Approximately 21% of children suffer from some form of physical abuse. It is hypothesized that when an individual hits a child some of that person's DNA will be deposited onto the child's skin. As yet, no one has reported a method of sampling DNA from the skin of this vulnerable group of individuals. We have sampled DNA from several facial areas of 30 children aged 5 years of age and under. The results show that it is possible to swab the faces of this age group without distressing them or contaminating the samples. Additionally the results indicate that the DNA obtained is almost entirely that of the subject, with little nondonor DNA being observed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: forensic identification, DNA, children, swabbing, forensic nursing
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
F400 Forensic and Archaeological Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2011 09:12
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 17:31

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