Volume 31, Issue 2 (April 1986)
Analysis of Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms in Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Recovered from Dried Bloodstains
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was recovered from dried bloodstains aged up to three years and shown to be of high molecular weight. DNA was digested with restriction endonucleases and fractionated by agarose gel electrophoresis. Following transfer to a filter, DNA was hybridized with two different radioactively labeled recombinant probes which recognize highly polymorphic regions in human DNA. The autoradiographic pattern observed was not altered by sample age, and the size of the alleles was consistent with those observed in the general population. Therefore, DNA of high molecular weight prepared from dried blood samples can be used for identification.