Application of species-specific polymerase chain reaction in the forensic identification of tiger species.

@article{Wan2003ApplicationOS,
  title={Application of species-specific polymerase chain reaction in the forensic identification of tiger species.},
  author={Q S Wan and Sheng-Guo Fang},
  journal={Forensic science international},
  year={2003},
  volume={131 1},
  pages={75-8}
}
Globally, tigers are considered to be endangered, and are listed on Appendix I of CITES. A simple test, using a species-specific primer pair, was developed to identify tiger meat, faeces and dried skin, and provide forensic evidence of illegal wildlife trade. The specific fragment of mitochondrial cytochrome b gene was also successfully amplified from raw DNA products extracted from single tiger hairs. This PCR-based approach opens a new avenue to forensic identification of less-than-optimal… CONTINUE READING