ISFG: Recommendations regarding the use of non-human (animal) DNA in forensic genetic investigations

Adrian Linacre, Leonor Gusmão, Werner Hecht, Andreas Hellmann, Wolfgang Mayr, Walter Parson, Mechthild Prinz, Peter Schneider, Niels Morling

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    The use of non-human DNA typing in forensic science investigations, and specifically that from animal DNA, is ever increasing. The term animal DNA in this document refers to animal species encountered in a forensic science examination but does not include human DNA. Non-human DNA may either be: the trade and possession of a species, or products derived from a species, which is contrary to legislation; as evidence where the crime is against a person or property; instances of animal cruelty; or where the animal is the offender. The first instance is addressed by determining the species present, and the other scenarios can often be addressed by assigning a DNA sample to a particular individual organism. Currently there is little standardization of methodologies used in the forensic analysis of animal DNA or in reporting styles. The recommendations in this document relate specifically to animal DNA that is integral to a forensic science investigation and are not relevant to the breeding of animals for commercial purposes. This DNA commission was formed out of discussions at the International Society for Forensic Genetics 23rd Congress in Buenos Aires to outline recommendations on the use of non-human DNA in a forensic science investigation. Due to the scope of non-human DNA typing that is possible, the remit of this commission is confined to animal DNA typing only.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)501-505
    Number of pages5
    JournalForensic Science International: Genetics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


    • Forensic genetics
    • ISFG
    • Non-human DNA
    • Recommendations
    • Standardization


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