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Massive parallel sequencing in forensics: advantages, issues, technicalities, and prospects

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David Ballard, Jakub Winkler-Galicki, Joanna Wesoły

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1291-1303
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Legal Medicine
Issue number4
Published1 Jul 2020

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In the last decade, next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology, alternatively massive parallel sequencing (MPS), was applied to all fields of biological research. Its introduction to the field of forensics was slower, mainly due to lack of accredited sequencers, kits, and relatively higher sequencing error rates as compared with standardized Sanger sequencing. Currently, a majority of the problematic issues have been solved, which is proven by the body of reports in the literature. Here, we discuss the utility of NGS sequencing in forensics, emphasizing the advantages, issues, the technical aspects of the experiments, commercial solutions, and the potentially interesting applications of MPS.

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