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Blood sample card, United States, 1991-2000

Cards like this one are used by the United States Armed Forces to store blood samples from personnel. Additional information including name, date of birth and branch of the armed forces is also recorded. Blood samples containing DNA can legally only be used to identify human remains and not for criminal investigations. The card was donated to the Science Museum’s collections by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

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Glossary: blood sample card

used to collect blood samples for storage purposes