Feather barbs as a good source of mtDNA for bird species identification in forensic wildlife investigations

@inproceedings{Speller2011FeatherBA,
  title={Feather barbs as a good source of mtDNA for bird species identification in forensic wildlife investigations},
  author={Camilla F Speller and George P Nicholas and Dongya Y. Yang},
  booktitle={Investigative Genetics},
  year={2011}
}
The ability to accurately identify bird species is crucial for wildlife law enforcement and bird-strike investigations. However, such identifications may be challenging when only partial or damaged feathers are available for analysis. By applying vigorous contamination controls and sensitive PCR amplification protocols, we found that it was feasible to… CONTINUE READING