Non-Autosomal Forensic Markers

Michael Coble, Mikkel Meyer Andersen, John S. Buckleton, Duncan Taylor, Jo Anne Bright

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In this chapter we describe some of the molecular biology and the inheritance and interpretation models relevant to the forensic analysis of non-autosomal markers. Specifically we will discuss the DNA profiling of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and the two gonosomes; the X and Y chromosomes. Since the first edition of this book it has become apparent that one of the crucial aspects of Y chromosome typing is that it is often used when autosomal typing has failed. Because of this it is often applied to low template, mixed or degraded samples.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic DNA Evidence Interpretation
EditorsJohn S. Buckleton, Jo-Anne Bright, Duncan Taylor
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages38
EditionSecond edition
ISBN (Electronic)9781482258929
ISBN (Print)9781482258899
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • DNA casework
  • Peter Gill
  • DNA analysis
  • Interpretation of test results
  • DNA frequencies
  • LCN (ultra trace) analysis
  • Non-autosomal (mito, X, and Y) DNA analysis


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