Journal of Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine
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Article Number - AAE83171328


Vol.1(1), pp. 001-004 , March 2010

ISSN: 2141-2405



Case Report

Forensic DNA analysis in the identification of human remains in mass graves


Zlatko Jakovski*, Ksenija Nikolova, Biljana Janeska, Zdravko Cakar, Aleksandar Stankov, Verica Poposka, Goran Palvovski and Aleksej Duma




Institute of Forensic Medicine, Criminology and Medical Deontology, School of Medicine, “Ss. Ciril and Methodius” University, Str. Vodnjanska 19 Skopje 1000, Republic of Macedonia.


Email: zlatedr@yahoo.com






 Accepted: 22 January 2010  Published: 31 March 2010

Copyright © 2010 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
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Routine techniques are often insufficient to address the identification of human remains in mass graves. The major complicating factors include delayed exhumation, commingling of skeletal remains, lack of ante-mortem information and attempts to conceal evidence of criminal activity. We have elaborated a study on two mass graves that contained partly fragmented commingled remains from the ethnic conflicts that took place in 2001 in the Republic of Macedonia. By using DNA typing of autosomal and Y-chromosome short tandem repeat (STR) markers and by making comparisons with samples from parents and siblings we identified all of the victims.

 

Key words:  DNA, autosomal and Y-chromosomal STR, decomposed bodies.


APA (2010). Forensic DNA analysis in the identification of human remains in mass graves. Journal of Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine, 1(1), 001-004.
Chicago Zlatko Jakovski, Ksenija Nikolova, Biljana Janeska, Zdravko Cakar, Aleksandar Stankov, Verica Poposka, Goran Palvovski and Aleksej Duma. "Forensic DNA analysis in the identification of human remains in mass graves." Journal of Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine 1, no. 1 (2010): 001-004.
MLA Zlatko Jakovski, et al. "Forensic DNA analysis in the identification of human remains in mass graves." Journal of Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine 1.1 (2010): 001-004.
   
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