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  • DNA from cremains?

    Is it possible to get any DNA information from cremation remains?

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    Not with FamilyTreeDNA, you'd have to find a private lab, but then the results would probably not include ethnicity reports or a DNA matching database. That said, even if you did get a private lab to do this, it sounds like DNA testing from ashes may not be conclusive anyway, as they may not be able to extract enough DNA: https://privatelabresults.com/cremat...s-dna-testing/

    "The only way to know if DNA is present in cremated remains is to test them in a laboratory that specializes in and uses the latest technology in forensic DNA testing. The majority of the cremated remains sent to us typically have fragmented bone and/or teeth that can be tested for trace amounts of DNA. Finding DNA in these cremated remains is contingent upon many different factors. DNA can only be obtained from bone fragments or teeth. So, the age of the cremation equipment used and how the remains have been stored will affect the ability to find DNA. Also, how long ago the cremation was done and the amount of remaining bone fragments or teeth will play a part in finding DNA. No two funeral homes or crematoriums have the same equipment and do not cremate a body the same way."

    There's also the issue of contamination:

    https://www.quora.com/Can-DNA-tests-...ough-one-ashes

    So it sounds highly unlikely to even be possible, and even if it is, it's probably not going to be the results you want.

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      DNA from cremains?

      As a death care professional, my answer would unfortunately be no.

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