Masaaki Hara

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The results of forensic tests, such as semen identification and short tandem repeat (STR) analysis of extremely aged seminal stains from unsolved sex crimes can provide important evidence. In this study we evaluated whether current forensic methods could be applied to seminal stains that were stored at room temperature for 33-56years (n=2, 33years old; n=1,(More)
Allele frequencies of 15 short tandem repeat (STR) loci, D8S1179, D21S11, D7S820, CSF1PO, D3S1358, TH01, D13S317, D16S539, D2S1338, D19S433, vWA, TPOX, D18S51, D5S818 and FGA, were analyzed in 127 unrelated Bangladeshi individuals and 105 unrelated Indonesian individuals using the AmpFLSTR Identifiler kit. All STR loci in Bangladeshis and Indonesians were(More)
Allele frequencies of 15 short tandem repeat (STR) loci, D8S1179, D21S11, D7S820, CSF1PO, D3S1358, TH01, D13S317, D16S539, D2S1338, D19S433, vWA, TPOX, D18S51, D5S818 and FGA, were determined for 98 unrelated Africans from South Africa and 98 unrelated Europeans from South Africa using the AmpFlSTR Identifiler PCR amplification kit. The genotype frequency(More)
Free fetal DNA (ffDNA) in maternal plasma has now become a valuable source for noninvasive prenatal diagnosis. Being able to accurately identify the size of ffDNA in maternal plasma is essential for a noninvasive prenatal diagnosis. Furthermore, it is important to investigate the molecular characteristics related to apoptosis which gives rise to ffDNA. We(More)
We have used DNA amplification methods to detect common oral bacterial strains to test for the presence of saliva in forensic samples. Streptococcus salivarius and Streptococcus mutans were detected in various forms of saliva samples, whereas these streptococci were not detected in semen, urine, vaginal fluid, or on skin surfaces. Therefore, we demonstrated(More)
Allele frequencies and haplotypes for 16 Y-chromosome STR loci, DYS19, DYS389I, DYS389II, DYS390, DYS391, DYS392, DYS393, DYS437, DYS438, DYS439, DYS448, DYS456, DYS458, DYS635, Y GATA H4, and DYS385a/b, were determined in 161 unrelated Japanese males using AmpFlSTR Yfiler PCR Amplification Kit. This population was demonstrated 153 haploytpes, of which 146(More)
A novel method for sex determination, based on the detection of the number of X chromosomes, was established. Current methods, based on the detection of the Y chromosome, can directly identify an unknown sample as male, but female gender is determined indirectly, by not detecting the Y chromosome. Thus, a direct determination of female gender is important(More)
In forensic science, the identification of feces is very important in a variety of crime investigations. However, no sensitive and simple fecal identification method using molecular biological techniques has been reported. Here, we focused on the fecal bacteria, Bacteroides uniformis, Bacteroides vulgatus and Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, and developed a(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, a more accurate and reliable screening test has been investigated for noninvasive prenatal fetal RHD genotyping from D- women. The objective of this study was to perform the new method of noninvasive fetal RHD genotyping with maternal plasma from D- women by use of capillary electrophoresis. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Blood samples were(More)