Human and Insect Mitochondrial DNA Analysis from Maggots

    Volume 46, Issue 3 (May 2001)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 3


    Campobasso, CP
    Sezione di Medicina Legale (D.I.M.I.M.P.), Università di Bari, Policlinico, Bari,

    Sperling, FAH
    University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

    Introna, F
    Sezione di Medicina Legale (D.I.M.I.M.P.), Università di Bari, Policlinico, Bari,

    Di Vella, G
    Sezione di Medicina Legale (D.I.M.I.M.P.), Università di Bari, Policlinico, Bari,

    Wells, JD
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

    Hayes, J
    Retired, University of Texas at San Antonio, School of Public Health, Boerne, TX

    (Received 2 May 2000; accepted 5 July 2000)

    Abstract

    During the course of our forensic investigations, we have encountered situations where it would have been useful to have evidence, other than direct contact between the two, for concluding that a carrion-fly maggot developed on a particular human victim. If a maggot collected during a death investigation did not develop on the victim, then its age is not relevant to estimating the postmortem interval. In this study we demonstrate that mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequence data can be obtained from the dissected gut of a maggot that had fed on human tissue. These data can be used to identify both the human corpse upon which the maggot had been feeding and the species of the maggot itself.


    Paper ID: JFS15022J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15022J

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    Title Human and Insect Mitochondrial DNA Analysis from Maggots
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30