The use of commercial alcohol products to sterilize bones prior to DNA sampling

Winskog, Carl; Nilsson, Helena; Montelius, Kerstin; Lindblom, Bertil
June 2010
Forensic Science, Medicine & Pathology;Jun2010, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p127
Academic Journal
In disaster situations it is not always possible to maintain an adequate supply of standard equipment and sterilizing solutions. We have compared bone samples from cadavers cleaned in commercial white alcohol to samples from the same individuals cleaned with 95% surgical spirit. We have found that it is possible to use a commercial, white spirit to clean specimens taken from human cadavers femoral diaphysis collected for DNA analysis.


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