H. J. Weisser

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The mitochondrial control region includes three so-called hypervariable (HV) regions, in which the polymorphic positions show a particularly high frequency. According to a population study of 200 unrelated individuals from Germany, HVI (positions 16,024-16,365, according to Anderson) showed 88 variable positions in a total length of 342 bp (26%) and HVII(More)
DNA typing is often used to determine identity from human remains. The environment to which the material has been exposed, however, is crucial for the success of the investigation. Damp conditions in particular can cause a rapid degradation of DNA, even in bone and teeth, and thus reduce the chances of successful typing. Here, we present the results of(More)
In hanging and ligature strangulation, the noose mostly causes a mark or groove which is formed partly by compression of the skin and partly by abrasion with loss of the upper epidermal layers. The horny scales abraded from the neck may be transferred to the strangulation device or to the interposed textiles where they are sometimes visible at(More)
Investigations were performed with the root of one hair torn out 6 times in parallel. Yield of DNA was about the same with 6 extraction methods tested. Hairs stored at RT up to 8 weeks in non sterile environment showed the same result as deeply frozen hairs. Hairs of one test person could not be typed in repeated investigations, whereas hairs of another(More)
The skull of a small child, which was largely devoid of soft tissue, was classified according to forensic/anthropological findings and could be identified on the basis of DNA typing by PCR using residual brain tissue, but not bone. This case illustrates the fact that careful forensic/anthropological investigation is an important basis for molecular(More)
Samples of 20 microliters blood were applicated von 55 different textiles, containing all usual materials for clothes, straight from the fabric and after thorough washing. DNA profiling was influenced only by blue jeans and blue terry towel straight from the fabric; in some of these samples there was an inhibition of the restriction enzyme digest that could(More)
DNA testing using conventional STR systems may produce insufficient results, if the genomic DNA in the specimen is either highly degraded or the available quantity is very small (e.g. skin particles, hair shafts or ancient bones). In some of these cases the examination of mitochondrial DNA, which is present in considerably larger copy numbers in the(More)