Journal Published Online: 19 February 2004
Volume 49, Issue 2

Erroneous Gender Identification by the Amelogenin Sex Test



Human gender identification, based on the amelogenin gene, has important applications in forensic casework, prenatal diagnosis, DNA databasing, and blood sample storage. However, we report on the first known case, in the Israeli population, of an amelogenin sex test failure on a phenotypically normal male. He was typed as a female by both the AmpFℓSTR® SGM plus™ and GenePrint™ kits. Subsequent, karyotyping of the soldier's blood sample showed no abnormalities. These results suggest that the determination of sex, based on the amelogenin test, should be interpreted cautiously.

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Michael, A
Forensic Biology Laboratory, Jerusalem, Israel
Brauner, P
Forensic Biology Laboratory, Jerusalem, Israel
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ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS2003223