Dna profiling from burnt remains

Sara C. Zapico, Rebecca Stone-Gordon

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This chapter provides an overview of the studies related to DNA extraction and profiling from burnt remains, the challenges encountered in these processes, as well as current and new methodologies developed to overcome these problems. Harbeck et al. developed a combined study to determine the maximum degree of bone cremation that can be reached at which robust, original signals from DNA and stable isotope analysis can still be retrieved. Forensic cases constitute a good source of the strategic approaches that forensic scientists develop to be able to recover identifiable DNA from human remains. The chapter describes technical approaches carried out by forensic scientists to retrieve DNA profiles towards the identification of human remains in forensic cases. It also provides an overview of the current strategies for improving the identification of burnt remains at different levels: assessment of DNA damage ; alternatives for DNA extraction; and new cutting-edge technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBurnt Human Remains
Subtitle of host publicationRecovery, Analysis, and Interpretation
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781119682745
ISBN (Print)9781119682608
StatePublished - Jul 19 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


  • Bone cremation
  • Burnt remains
  • Dna damage
  • Dna extraction
  • Forensic cases
  • Human remains


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