Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10216/90435
Author(s): Magalhães, T
Ricardo Jorge Dinis Oliveira
Silva, B
Corte Real, F
Nuno Vieira, D
Title: Biological Evidence Management for DNA Analysis in Cases of Sexual Assault
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: Biological evidence with forensic interest may be found in several cases of assault, being particularly relevant if sexually related. Sexual assault cases are characterized by low rates of disclosure, reporting, prosecution, and conviction. Biological evidence is sometimes the only way to prove the occurrence of sexual contact and to identify the perpetrator. The major focus of this review is to propose practical approaches and guidelines to help health, forensic, and law enforcement professionals to deal with biological evidence for DNA analysis. Attention should be devoted to avoiding contamination, degradation, and loss of biological evidence, as well as respecting specific measures to properly handle evidence (i.e., selection, collection, packing, sealing, labeling, storage, preservation, transport, and guarantee of the chain custody). Biological evidence must be carefully managed since the relevance of any finding in Forensic Genetics is determined, in the first instance, by the integrity and quantity of the samples submitted for analysis. (c) 2015 Teresa Magalhães et al.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10216/90435
Document Type: Outra Publicação em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: openAccess
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