(Received 11 March 1991; accepted 24 July 1991)
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Species identification is important in many big game forensic science cases but cannot always be accomplished because of the lack of adequate techniques. The authors have developed deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) probes for elk, deer, and antelope by isolating highly repeated satellite sequences. These DNA probes distinguish among deer, elk, and antelope, although not between different species of deer. Because of the high number of sequence copies per genome, these probes are extremely sensitive, requiring less than 10 ng of total genomic DNA. The developmental protocol for these probes is relatively simple and is applicable to many other species.
Assistant professor, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Criminalist III, Northern Regional Crime Laboratory, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Flagstaff, AZ
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