Author Topic: Comparison of the effects of sterilization techniques on subsequent DNA  (Read 1411 times)

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Offline JC

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It is important that contamination from extraneous DNA should be minimised on items used at crime scenes and when dealing with exhibits within the laboratory.
Four sterilisation techniques (UV, gamma and beta radiation and ethylene oxide treatment) were examined for their potential to degrade contaminating DNA to such an
extent that subsequent DNA profiling was impossible. This work indicated that the most successful technique to reduce DNA contamination was ethylene oxide treatment. Of the radiation techniques tested in this study, gamma was the most successful at eradicating DNA and UV radiation was the least. None of the contaminated samples treated with ethylene oxide and subsequently subjected to DNA analysis met the DNA profile criteria necessary for acceptance on the UK National DNA Database. Contaminated cotton swabs and micro-centrifuge tubes treated with ethylene oxide showed a marked decrease in amplifiable DNA posttreatment. Ethylene oxide treatment to sterile swabs and
tubes did not significantly affect subsequent DNA analysis.
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