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1 December 2014 A Molecular Tool for Identification of Dipteran Species of Forensic Importance
Irám Pablo Rodriguez-Sanchez, Beatriz López-Monroy, Olga K. Villanueva-Segura, Areli López-Uriarte, Adrián Varela-Echavarría, María de Lourdes Garza Rodríguez, Laura Elia Martínez-de-Villarreal, Iván Delgado-Enciso, Raquel Garza-Guajardo, Oralia Barboza-Quintana, Adriana E. Flores-Suarez, Hugo Alberto Barrera-Saldaña, Gustavo Ponce-Garcia
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When a corpse is found, typical questions of medico-criminal entomology involve: death time estimation or post-mortem interval determination and less frequently, the causes and place where death occurred. Entomological succession represents a powerful tool to calculate or deduce these parameters or questions. Sequences of cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI) gene from nine species of Diptera of forensic importance registered in GenBank were used in this study. Sequences were aligned and a consensus sequence deduced for each species. A pair of oligonucleotides was designed in high conserve regions that allowed theoretical and simultaneous the co-amplification of the nine species and within this segment we used restriction enzymes (Eco57MI and BscAI) that generate different electrophoretic patterns for each species. Tentatively, with the same pair of oligonucleotides, it is possible to amplify a segment of the COI gene of nine insects of forensic importance and using a simple combination of restriction enzymes, be able to identify them. It is a technique that can be used in any laboratory with basic equipment and is an economically affordable alternative.

Irám Pablo Rodriguez-Sanchez, Beatriz López-Monroy, Olga K. Villanueva-Segura, Areli López-Uriarte, Adrián Varela-Echavarría, María de Lourdes Garza Rodríguez, Laura Elia Martínez-de-Villarreal, Iván Delgado-Enciso, Raquel Garza-Guajardo, Oralia Barboza-Quintana, Adriana E. Flores-Suarez, Hugo Alberto Barrera-Saldaña, and Gustavo Ponce-Garcia "A Molecular Tool for Identification of Dipteran Species of Forensic Importance," Southwestern Entomologist 39(4), 663-674, (1 December 2014). https://doi.org/10.3958/059.039.0413
Published: 1 December 2014
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