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ERIC Number: EJ859818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
Use of the CO I Gene as a Species Indicator for Forensically Important Flies: A Forensic Entomology Laboratory Exercise
Honda, Jeffrey Y.
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v34 n1 p20-23 Jun 2008
Forensic entomologists utilize insects (particularly flies) to establish the time interval between death and body discovery. This important piece of information may answer questions as to the circumstances of the individual's death and insects are now routinely utilized and recognized as being important forensic indicators. Of extreme importance is the correct identification of the fly species associated with the body, as misidentifications will cause inaccurate time of death estimates. Traditional fly identification methods rely on recognizing distinct physical traits each fly species may possess; however, this has given way to molecular techniques (i.e. DNA sequences) that are quicker and more reliable. Unfortunately no DNA sequence information exists on the forensically important fly species in the western U.S. although a molecular database has been advocated by a number of forensic entomologists. This laboratory experience allows students to develop general molecular based skills they will need later in their careers while simultaneously contributing data that will be used to create a molecular database containing DNA sequences for forensically important California flies. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California