Korean J Leg Med.  2009 May;33(1):84-88.

RNA for Body Fluid Identification in Forensics

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Forensic Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. wiyang9660@yuhs.ac
  • 2Human Identification Research Center, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Lately, there seems to be a growing interest in the forensic community for RNA analysis. Especially, body fluid identification using cell-specific RNA expression profiles is expected to present a new technique that will supplement DNA analysis in forensic casework. Several RNA markers specific to blood, saliva, semen, menstrual blood and vaginal secretions have been identified and their specificities and sensitivities have been confirmed using various forensic samples. Therefore, this review provides an overview of the present knowledge and the most recent developments in RNA analysis for the body fluid identification and discusses its possible and practical use in forensics.

Keyword

RNA; Body fluid identification; mRNA; microRNA

MeSH Terms

Body Fluids
DNA
MicroRNAs
RNA
RNA, Messenger
Saliva
Semen
DNA
MicroRNAs
RNA
RNA, Messenger
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