chapter  11
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THE STUDY OF DNA FROM SKELETAL REMAINS

DNA contains the genetic information which controls the structure, development and metabolism of the body. It is present in all cells (with a few exceptions such as red blood cells), including the osteocytes, osteoblasts and osteoclasts of bone, and in the cells in the dentine and cementum of the teeth. DNA is not present in dental enamel as this lacks a cell structure.