DNA analysis from human skeletal remains in forensic casework

Dragana Zgonjanin, Mirjana Antov, Rashed Alghafri, Stojan Petković, Radenko Vuković, Goran Stojiljković, Danka Toljić

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To assess our laboratory's success with skeletal remains and provide a benchmark for the forensic community involved in identification of these remains, we retrospectively examined our ability to develop DNA profiles from the remains analyzed in our laboratory in the last 7 years. Between January 2009 and December 2016, 70 DNA extractions were completed on skeletal remains from routine casework. 92% of skeletal remains analyzed were samples submitted for body identifications by law enforcement and only 8% were samples submitted to answer family identity or historical questions. Overall, the ability to obtain a full or partial profile primarily reflects the difference in the average age and the condition of the samples in these two categories and thus, difference in the quantity and quality of the DNA. We describe here the approximate age and type of remains we have received, whether a full, partial, or no profile was obtained, as well as the condition of the samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e342-e345
JournalForensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Bones
  • DNA extraction
  • Degraded DNA
  • Forensic identification
  • Skeletal remains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics


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