Date of Award
Master of Science
Field of Study
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
The current methodology used by the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification Missing Persons Laboratory (UNTCHI) to recover DNA from skeletal remains is time-consuming, laborious and not readily amenable to automation. The constraints of the current process limit the number of samples that can be analyzed.
The results of this study show that extractions performed with the AutoMate Express™ Forensic DNA Extraction System (Life Technologies, Carlsbad, CA) can produce comparable DNA quantity and quality to the current procedure used by UNTCHI. The utilization of the AutoMate Express™ Forensic DNA Extraction System in our operational laboratories would help streamline the process of DNA extraction from human skeletal remains and potentially provide increased amounts of genetic information.
Mize, M. L.
"A Semi-Automated Methodology for Extraction of DNA from Human Skeletal Remains" Fort Worth, Tx: University of North Texas Health Science Center;