Forensic DNA Analysis on Microfluidic Devices: A Review
Authors: Horsman, Katie M.; Bienvenue, Joan M.; Blasier, Kiev R.; Landers, James P.
Source: Journal of Forensic Sciences, Volume 52, Number 4, July 2007 , pp. 784-799(16)
Abstract:: The advent of microfluidic technology for genetic analysis has begun to impact forensic science. Recent advances in microfluidic separation of short-tandem-repeat (STR) fragments has provided unprecedented potential for improving speed and efficiency of DNA typing. In addition, the analytical processes associated with sample preparation--which include cell sorting, DNA extraction, DNA quantitation, and DNA amplification--can all be integrated with the STR separation in a seamless manner. The current state of these microfluidic methods as well as their advantages and potential shortcomings are detailed. Recent advances in microfluidic device technology, as they pertain to forensic DNA typing, are discussed with a focus on the forensic community.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2007-07-01