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Leda Kovatsi, Athina Vidaki, Domniki Fragou, D. Syndercombe Court

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPersonalized Epigenetics
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9780128004364, 9780124201354
Published1 Jun 2015

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Epigenetics can offer a forensic investigator intelligence to help identify a perpetrator when a DNA profile is available, but this does not match with any database held by law enforcement. Using a hypothetical crime, we illustrate its future potential. The methodologies of linking a biological stain to the cellular source of the DNA profile are discussed, as are other approaches that might assist in discovering more about the stain donor, including chronological age, medical history, and interactions with the environment. Police are occasionally left with the problem of being able to link a person through DNA to a crime scene, only to find out that this person has an identical twin. Epigenetics provides a tool to assist with this situation. Employing epigenetics within criminal justice is only beginning; the significant ethical, legislative, and scientific challenges that must be met before its use are also discussed.

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