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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 63-68

Dental DNA fingerprinting in identification of human remains


1 Department of Oral Pathology & Microbiology, Jaipur Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Jaipur Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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K L Girish
Department of Oral Pathology & Microbiology, Jaipur Dental College, Dhand, Thesil-Amer, NH. 8, Jaipur-302 101, Rajasthan
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-1475.81284

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The recent advances in molecular biology have revolutionized all aspects of dentistry. DNA, the language of life yields information beyond our imagination, both in health or disease. DNA fingerprinting is a tool used to unravel all the mysteries associated with the oral cavity and its manifestations during diseased conditions. It is being increasingly used in analyzing various scenarios related to forensic science. The technical advances in molecular biology have propelled the analysis of the DNA into routine usage in crime laboratories for rapid and early diagnosis. DNA is an excellent means for identification of unidentified human remains. As dental pulp is surrounded by dentin and enamel, which forms dental armor, it offers the best source of DNA for reliable genetic type in forensic science. This paper summarizes the recent literature on use of this technique in identification of unidentified human remains.


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