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BMB Rep. 2016 Jul;49(7):359-69.

Forensic DNA methylation profiling from evidence material for investigative leads.

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1
Department of Forensic Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 03722, Korea.
2
Department of Forensic Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 03080, Korea.

Abstract

DNA methylation is emerging as an attractive marker providing investigative leads to solve crimes in forensic genetics. The identification of body fluids that utilizes tissue-specific DNA methylation can contribute to solving crimes by predicting activity related to the evidence material. The age estimation based on DNA methylation is expected to reduce the number of potential suspects, when the DNA profile from the evidence does not match with any known person, including those stored in the forensic database. Moreover, the variation in DNA implicates environmental exposure, such as cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption, thereby suggesting the possibility to be used as a marker for predicting the lifestyle of potential suspect. In this review, we describe recent advances in our understanding of DNA methylation variations and the utility of DNA methylation as a forensic marker for advanced investigative leads from evidence materials. [BMB Reports 2016; 49(7): 359-369].

PMID:
27099236
PMCID:
PMC5032003
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