The application of STR profiling to the individual identification of wildlife is already practised in forensic investigations relating to illegal trade, animal poaching and persecution, however validation of species-specific profiling systems is often limited. Focussing on the Eurasian badger, this study aimed to provide a framework for the application of validation guidelines and match probability statistics to forensic wildlife DNA profiling. Ten STR loci were used to generate 1083 genotypes from 20 UK populations. Markers were individually validated as extensively as possible following SWGDAM guidelines; limitations to this process are discussed. Estimates of population substructure (FST = 0.12) and inbreeding (FIS = 0.11) strongly affected the power of individual discrimination highlighting their importance in wildlife STR profile matching.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2008|
- DNA profiling
- Individual identification
- Wildlife forensics