Forensic comparison of soils by bacterial community DNA profiling

Horswell, J. and Cordiner, S .J. and Maas, E. W. and Martin, T. M. and Sutherland, B. W. and Speir, T .W. and Nogales, B. and Osborn, Mark (2002) Forensic comparison of soils by bacterial community DNA profiling. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 47 (2). pp. 350-353. ISSN 0022-1198

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Abstract

This preliminary investigation has shown that a soil microbial community DNA profile can be obtained from the small sample of soil recovered from the sole of a shoe, and from soil stains on clothing. We have also shown that these profiles are representative of the site of collection and therefore could potentially be used as associative evidence to prove a link between suspects and crime scenes. Soil community profiles were obtained using the T-RFLP fingerprinting method that uses fluorescent primer technology and semi-automated analysis techniques similar to those used in human DNA profiling in forensic laboratories.

Keywords:bacterial DNA, article, bacterial flora, clothing, crime, DNA determination, DNA fingerprinting, forensic science, nonhuman, polymerase chain reaction, priority journal, restriction fragment length polymorphism, shoe, soil analysis, Chromosomes, Bacterial, Criminology, Genetics, Microbial, Humans, Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length, Shoes, Soil Microbiology
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F410 Forensic Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
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Deposited On:12 Jun 2013 14:08

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