Plant Genetics for Forensic Applications
Plant DNA Fingerprinting and Barcoding
Methods in molecular biology, January 2012
David N. Zaya, Mary V. Ashley, Zaya, David N., Ashley, Mary V.
An emerging application for plant DNA fingerprinting and barcoding involves forensic investigations. Examples of DNA analysis of botanical evidence include crime scene analysis, identifying the source of commercial plant products, and investigation of trade in illicit drugs. Here, we review real and potential applications of DNA-based forensic botany and provide a protocol for microsatellite genotyping of leaf material, a protocol that could be used to link a suspect to a victim or to a crime scene.
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