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Forensic Sci Int. 2005 Nov 25;154(2-3):214-7. Epub 2005 Jan 26.

Molecular insight into a wildlife crime: the case of a peafowl slaughter.

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Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India.


We report a recent case in which a wildlife warden had suspected that some people had killed and cooked a peacock. Cooked meat, intestine of bird and the wooden block used for chopping were seized from the site of crime and forwarded to our laboratory for DNA testing. Mitochondrial cytochrome b sequence analysis revealed that the cooked meat and remnants of the bird were of a chicken, but the DNA obtained from the wooden block was of an Indian Peafowl (Peacock) testifying that the wooden chopping block was used to chop the meat of an endangered bird, thus bringing to light a wildlife crime.

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