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Investigative Studies into the Recovery of DNA from Improvised Explosive Device Containers*,‡

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Abstract:  Apprehending those who utilize improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is a national priority owing to their use both domestically and abroad. IEDs are often concealed in bags, boxes, or backpacks to prevent their detection. Given this, the goal of the research presented was to identify IED handlers through postblast DNA recovery from IED containers. Study participants were asked to use backpacks for 11 days, after which they served as containers for pipe bombs. Eleven postdeflagration backpack regions likely to be handled were swabbed and analyzed via mini‐short tandem repeats (miniSTRs) and alleles were called blind. An experimental consensus method was examined in which profiles from all regions were considered, to help identify spurious drop‐in/out. Results were correct for all loci, except one that remained ambiguous. The results show that recovering DNA from IED containers is a viable approach for aiding in the identification of those who may have been involved in an IED event.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01982.x

Affiliations: 1: Forensic Science Program, School of Criminal Justice, 560 Baker Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824. 2: Bomb Squad, Michigan State Police, 333 S. Grand Ave., Lansing, MI 48909. 3: Forensic Science Program, School of Criminal Justice and Department of Zoology, 560 Baker Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Publication date: 2012-05-01

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