Alternate DNA Sources

Alternate DNA Sources for Testing

List of Alternate DNA Sources useable as primary or reference DNA samples.

Many times you need to collect a DNA reference sample without the donor is aware of your intentions.

  • Band-Aids, feminine products, diabetic glucose sticks, diabetic syringe
  • Blankets, pillows, bed sheets
  • Body Fluids-blood, urine, saliva, semen, vaginal secretions, perspiration, tears, nasal mucus.
  • Bone
  • Bottle, can, or glass that the subject has drunk from
  • Dental floss
  • Dentures
  • Dirty laundry
  • Electric or safety razor clippings
  • Eyeglasses
  • Facial tissue, cotton swab
  • A fingernail, toenail, clippings
  • Chewing gum
  • Hair with roots or follicles attached, hairbrush, comb, hair strands on clothing
  • Hats
  • Other Sources – drinking straws, toothpicks, toothbrushes, facial tissues, cotton swabs, partially eaten food, facial wipes.
  • Post mortem tissue, blood, hair, other bodily fluids, cremains (cremation remains e.g. ash/bone, etc. may be a suitable DNA source)
  • Stamps or envelopes that require licking
  • Teeth, false or bridge, retainers
  • Tissue – skin cells, feces, mucus, tears, saliva
  • Smoked cigarette butts with or without filters, pipe stems, cigarette holders, used chewing tobacco plugs, roll your own cigarettes