Do Bones Have DNA? (ANSWERED)

Can DNA be found in bones? 

An emphatic yes, and well, no.   

Technically, DNA can be found in bones, but other factors come into play, like the ages of the bones, and the environment that the bones are found.   

However, let’s look at where in the bones DNA can be found, and how it can be extracted.   

Do Bones Have DNA? (EXPLAINED)

Bones as a good source of DNA, sometimes. 

And busting the myth of why people develop the impression that bones have no DNA

DNA is the building block of anything biological and organic, so DNA can be found in any of the features of the body. 

In fact, with a good sample, a whole body isn’t needed.  

DNA is most prominently contained in skin cells, tissue, blood, semen, organs, muscle, and brain cells. 

But it can also be found in  bone, teeth, perspiration, saliva, and hair.   

Blood is the best source of  DNA.   

That’s because DNA is present in white blood cells, but not red blood cells which lack nuclei and nuclei is where the DNA hides.   

Why is this important?   

Well, white blood cells are made in the bone marrow.

White blood cells are part of the body’s immune system, so with a disease that strikes the white blood cells or medicine that affects the white blood cells and marrow, the test for DNA can be skewed.

So, people wonder if bones are a good source of DNA or not. 

Bones can be a good source of DNA if nothing else is available, but the extraction of the DNA is complex.   

First, the bone needs to be ground into a powder, and that’s where a problem develops.   

Bone powder contains, literally, millions of bone cells in a small teaspoon of powder.   

Additionally, there are millions of cells from many other organisms.   

DNA can be contaminated with the DNA of bacteria and parasites and other small organisms that could have lived in the body, or have infiltrated the body after death.   

So, theoretically, a copy of the DNA is located inside every single cell.   

But the question is, whose cell is it?   

Bone powder is a crazy mix of dirt, plastics, cells from bacteria, parasites, and other microbes, and other environmental factors, as well as the important bone cells.

Can DNA be found in bones? 

An emphatic yes, and well, no.   

Technically, DNA can be found in bones, but other factors come into play, like the ages of the bones, and the environment that the bones are found.   

However, let’s look at where in the bones DNA can be found, .and how it can be extracted.   

Bones as a good source of DNA, sometimes. 

And busting the myth of why people develop the impression that bones have no DNA

DNA is the building block of anything biological and organic, so DNA can be found in any of the features of the body. 

In fact, with a good sample, a whole body isn’t needed.  

DNA is most prominently contained in skin cells, tissue, blood, semen, organs, muscle, and brain cells. 

But it can also be found in  bone, teeth, perspiration, saliva, and hair.   

Blood is the best source of  DNA.   

That’s because DNA is present in white blood cells, but not red blood cells which lack nuclei and nuclei is where the DNA hides.   

Why is this important?   

Well, white blood cells are made in the bone marrow.

White blood cells are part of the body’s immune system, so with a disease that strikes the white blood cells or medicine that affects the white blood cells and marrow, the test for DNA can be skewed.

So, people wonder if bones are a good source of DNA or not. 

Bones can be a good source of DNA if nothing else is available, but the extraction of the DNA is complex.   

First, the bone needs to be ground into a powder, and that’s where a problem develops.   

Bone powder contains, literally, millions of bone cells in a small teaspoon of powder.   

Additionally, there are millions of cells from many other organisms.   

DNA can be contaminated with the DNA of bacteria and parasites and other small organisms that could have lived in the body, or have infiltrated the body after death.   

So, theoretically, a copy of the DNA is located inside every single cell.   

But the question is, whose cell is it?   

Bone powder is a crazy mix of dirt, plastics,  cells from bacteria, parasites, and other microbes, and other environmental factors, as well as the important bone cells.

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