1. Introduction

  1. Adrian M. T. Linacre1 and
  2. Shanan S. Tobe2

Published Online: 7 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118496411.ch1

Wildlife DNA Analysis: Applications in Forensic Science

Wildlife DNA Analysis: Applications in Forensic Science

How to Cite

Linacre, A. M. T. and Tobe, S. S. (2013) Introduction, in Wildlife DNA Analysis: Applications in Forensic Science, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118496411.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

  2. 2

    University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 APR 2013
  2. Published Print: 10 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470665954

Online ISBN: 9781118496411

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Keywords:

  • forensic science;
  • wildlife crime;
  • wildlife DNA analysis

Summary

This is the introductory chapter of Wildlife DNA Analysis: Applications in Forensic Science, which focuses on the use of DNA typing in wildlife crime and takes the reader through DNA typing with little or no requirement of knowledge of molecular genetics. Wildlife crime encompasses many species but this book focuses on vertebrate species with an emphasis on mammalian and avian species. Case examples, including some of those in which the authors have been involved in their investigation, are used to illustrate how DNA profiling can be applied to wildlife crime. This chapter briefly discusses the role of forensic science in wildlife crimes and the role of non-human DNA in forensic science. It then proceeds to discuss the development of wildlife DNA testing and the legislation covering wildlife crime.