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The Crime Lab makes a difference by ... delving into DNA

In honor of National Forensic Science Week, the Orange County Crime Lab wants to educate the public on the many ways our work impacts the county and makes a difference in the life of the citizens we serve.

DNA evidence often can be a critical component to solving crimes or identifying suspects, bringing closure to victims and their families.

From blood left at a crime scene, the potential perpetrator of a homicide can be identified. With evidence collected from a sexual assault kit, forensic scientists can provide corroboration needed to prosecute a rape case. When someone’s house gets broken into and rifled through, the Crime Lab can help identify the offender with only a few skin cells left behind.

Through the use of DNA testing, the Orange County Crime Laboratory aids law enforcement investigations throughout the county, and sometimes beyond, so that dangerous individuals can be taken off of the streets.