DNA Help - Criminal Law Help (Aug/29/2005 )
Please help - I am a law student working on an innocence project - trying to free a wrongfully convicted man from prison. He was convicted in 1986. There are some fingernail scrapings which contain blood which was taken from the victim in 1986. The evidence has been stored at room temperature along with the rest of the evidence in the case the entire 20 years. Can this still be tested for DNA?
If nothing else, please tell me where I can get information on this topic. I know absolutely nothing about DNA. I'm just reaching for help. Thanks,
here is a link that may be interest to you. I just googled it.
it contains the basics of forensic science.
DNA stored at room temp, although not ideal could still be anaylsed I would say. But don't quote me on that!!!