Application Note: Extraction of DNA from Cigarette Butts using Proteinase forensicGEM™
11 February 2013

Cigarette butts are a common trace sample at crime scenes and obtaining DNA profiles from this evidence is an important capability in the forensic science repertoire. In this application note it is shown that the forensicGEM™ Cigarette method is a quick and easy method for processing cigarette butts. While being substantially faster than current organic extraction methods, it is also capable of producing full profiles using AmpFlSTR® Identifiler® – a multiplex fingerprinting system that is particularly sensitive to inhibition.

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