What is DNA?

DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic Acid. One way to think about DNA is that it is the blueprint for life. The DNA that is present in most cells in a person’s body determines what eye color and hair color that the person will have, how tall the person will be, and to some extent, the person’s temperament, as just a few examples. Just like when you are building a house, you would have a blueprint to tell you how large the living room will be, for example. Our cells also have a blueprint, which is the DNA that gives each individual person their unique traits (barring identical twins).

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1. What is SAKI?
2. Why is SAKI so important?
3. What is the SAKI process?
4. What is a sexual assault kit?
5. When and where is forensic exam conducted?
6. Who does the sexual assault kit?
7. What is DNA?
8. Why is the sexual assault kit done?
9. What is a DNA profile?
10. How does DNA get left behind?
11. How does the crime lab analyze for DNA?
12. What is CODIS?
13. How does CODIS work?
14. Does the victim’s DNA go into CODIS?
15. If there is a CODIS hit, does it mean that the suspect has been identified?
16. What happens if DNA evidence is not found?
17. Why weren't the kits tested?
18. Why are we testing the kits now?
19. What information does the suspect know?
20. Who can I contact to get more information about my sexual assault kit?