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    Some Questions Should Never Be Asked, Part 3

    | South Australia |

    (I work for forensics and often a lot of phone calls about DNA results and what they mean.)

    Me: “Good morning, DNA Management Section, *** speaking.”

    Customer: “Hi, I got this DNA notification thing. I don’t know what it means.”

    Me: “Those are the results for the buccal swab you had done. It’s just for your records to show that you had a buccal swab taken and your DNA was analysed from it.”

    Customer: “What do all these letters and numbers mean?”

    Me: “That is the sequence for your DNA. The scientists at forensics will use those numbers to match your DNA profile to other samples on the DNA database.”

    Customer: “But what do they mean?”

    Me: “Unfortunately, I am not qualified to explain this to you. I can however forward your call to Forensics SA, and they will be able to answer your query. All I can say is that the first part is your sex. XX means female and XY means male.”

    Customer: “It says XY… so that means I’m male, right?”

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