Development of STR profiling systems for individual identification in wildlife: A case study of the Eurasian badger, Meles meles

Rob Ogden*, Nick Dawnay, Ross McEwing

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)612-613
Number of pages2
JournalForensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2008

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Badger
  • DNA profiling
  • Individual identification
  • Validation
  • Wildlife forensics

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