Recent advances in forensic genetics

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Future Drugs Ltd
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics, 2004, 4 (1), pp. 31 - 40
Issue Date:
2004-01
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Like many applications of molecular diagnostics, the field of forensic biology is undergoing a phase of expansion and diversification. The growth of forensic DNA databases and adoption of sophisticated analytical methods have catalyzed this increasing role. The range of molecular markers exploited inthe fight against crime is beginning to increase too and genes implying pesonal or physical chracateristics are emering in the research literature. However, the operatinal context of forensic biology is unlike many other fields of science. Harmonizing technological breakthroughsw ith the requirements of law wnforcement agencies and the complexities of the legal system is an added challenge and one which evokes ongoing debate. This review examines the current status of this dynamic and important application of mosern genetics.
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