Applicability of DNA Analysis on Adhesive Tape in Forensic Casework

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Abstract:  Adhesive tape is commonly used in crimes and is often the subject of forensic evaluation. DNA analysis of adhesive tape can provide DNA profiles of suspects. The object of this study was to evaluate the applicability of DNA analysis on adhesive tape samples in forensic casework. We retrospectively reviewed all cases involving adhesive tape or similar items received by our institute for DNA analysis during the past 11 years. From 100 forensic cases reviewed, 150 adhesive tape samples were examined. A total of 98 DNA profiles were obtained from these samples. Sixty‐two of the profiles provided feasible case‐relevant information. In conclusion, DNA profiling of adhesive tape samples can be useful in a variety of forensic cases.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern, Buehlstrasse 20, 3012 Bern, Switzerland. 2: Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Zuerich, Winterthurerstrasse 190/52, 8057 Zuerich, Switzerland.

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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