DNA Analysis of Human Blood Recovered from Explosion Debris

  • P. T. Bilous
  • R. J. Goulden
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Forensic Haemogenetics book series (HAEMOGENETICS, volume 5)


A detailed study was initiated into natural gas migration in a residence and the effects of a natural gas explosion on both physical and biological trace evidence. Personnel from several Provincial and Federal agencies participated in this study 1. The biological portion consisted of two experiments: 1. To determine if a simulated homicide scene could be recreated from blood spatter evidence recovered from the explosion debris. 2. To determine the effects of a brief, but high temperature, natural gas explosion on the ability to obtain reliable DNA typing results from exposed bloodstains.


Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism Forensic Laboratory Royal Canadian Mount Police Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism Analysis Blood Donor Control 
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    Participants: Edmonton, Calgary and County of Parkland Fire Departments; Northwestern Gas Utility Ltd; Edmonton Police Service; RCMP Forensic Laboratory, Edmonton; RCMP Canadian Bomb Data Centre; Transportation Safety Board of Canada;Google Scholar
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. T. Bilous
    • 1
  • R. J. Goulden
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Canadian Mounted Police Forensic LaboratoryEdmontonCanada

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