Polymerase Chain Reaction in the Forensic Analysis of DNA
Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
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Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry
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Strom, C. M. 2006. Polymerase Chain Reaction in the Forensic Analysis of DNA. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. .
- Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
This article summarizes the theory behind the uses of DNA analysis for identification purposes. Various techniques are summarized and their strengths and weaknesses are contrasted. The theoretical basis of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and various types of PCR reactions are introduced. A table is provided with loci that can be used for the forensic analysis of DNA. The availability of kits is summarized. Finally, a discussion of mitochondrial DNA analysis is performed.