Degradation of biomolecules in artificially and naturally aged teeth: implications for age estimation based on aspartic acid racemization and DNA analysis.

@article{Dobberstein2008DegradationOB,
  title={Degradation of biomolecules in artificially and naturally aged teeth: implications for age estimation based on aspartic acid racemization and DNA analysis.},
  author={Reimer C. Dobberstein and Jan Huppertz and Nicole von Wurmb-Schwark and Stefanie Ritz-Timme},
  journal={Forensic science international},
  year={2008},
  volume={179 2-3},
  pages={181-91}
}
Postmortem teeth are the most stable structures, and can be used to gain different information (age estimation, genetic data). Over long postmortem intervals (PMI), degradation processes may alter the molecular integrity and thus affect the reliability of applied molecular methods. Whereas some knowledge on the degradation of biomolecules in bone during the PMI exists, data for teeth are lacking. In particular, the impact of degradation processes in dentine on age estimation based on aspartic… CONTINUE READING

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