Harald Niederstätter

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Species identification was carried out by nucleotide sequence analysis of the cytochrome b (cytb) gene. The aim of the study was to identify biological specimens from diverse vertebrate animals by extracting and amplifying DNA from 44 different animal species covering the 5 major vertebrate groups (i.e. mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes). The(More)
Determination of sex using the amelogenin sex test is well established in the forensic field especially for casework and DNA databasing purposes. The sex test is part of commercially available PCR kits. Among 29, 432 phenotypic male individuals stored in the Austrian National DNA database, 6 individuals were found to lack the amelogenin Y-specific PCR(More)
Instances of point and length heteroplasmy in the mitochondrial DNA control region were compiled and analyzed from over 5,000 global human population samples. These data represent observations from a large and broad population sample, representing nearly 20 global populations. As expected, length heteroplasmy was frequently observed in the HVI, HVII and(More)
Y-chromosomal STR haplotypes were determined from a sample of 135 unrelated men and 70 sons from Tirol (Austria) using the AmpFlSTR Yfiler PCR amplification kit (Applied Biosystems) that coamplifies 17 Y-STRs. The panel of markers includes the 9-loci European minimal haplotype (minHt) and, in addition, the markers DYS437, DYS438, DYS439, DYS448, DYS456,(More)
The European DNA profiling group (EDNAP) mtDNA population database (EMPOP) is an international collaborative project between DNA laboratories performing mtDNA analysis and the DNA laboratory of the Institute of Legal Medicine (GMI) in Innsbruck, Austria. The goal is to set up a directly accessible mtDNA population database, which can be used in routine(More)
Species of the family Tubificidae represent a major faunal element in benthic freshwater communities throughout the world. Some of them are considered particularly tolerant of the influence of toxicants such as cadmium. One of the most abundant species, "Tubifex tubifex," is frequently used as an indicator of environmental pollution, despite considerable(More)
Short tandem repeat (STR) typing is the most powerful method for determining the origin of a sample for a number of molecular disciplines such as medical genetics, population genetics, tumor analysis, transplantation medicine, or forensic crime scene analysis. STR alleles are routinely differentiated based upon their fragment size by electrophoresis under(More)
The species flocks of cichlid fishes in the East African Lakes Tanganyika, Malawi and Victoria are prime examples of adaptive radiation and explosive speciation. Several hundreds of endemic species have evolved in each of the lakes over the past several thousands to a few millions years. Sexual selection via colour-assortative mating has often been proposed(More)
The entire mitochondrial DNA control region (~1122 bp) of 270 blood samples (135 mother-child pairs) was determined by direct sequencing. Overall, 135 ‘generational events’ were screened and within these, 20 mother-offspring pairs demonstrated more than 1 mtDNA haplotype. In 13 families, differences in the haplotypes between mother and offspring were(More)
Y-chromosomal short tandem repeats (Y-STRs) are useful forensic DNA markers in investigation of sexual assault cases when a mixture of male and female DNA (e.g., in vaginal swabs) is present in a sample, especially when DNA of the male contributor is present only in very small amount compared to the DNA of the female victim. With autosomal STR analysis of(More)