Identification of menstrual blood by real time RT-PCR: technical improvements and the practical value of negative test results.

@article{Bauer2008IdentificationOM,
  title={Identification of menstrual blood by real time RT-PCR: technical improvements and the practical value of negative test results.},
  author={Martin Bauer and Dieter Patzelt},
  journal={Forensic science international},
  year={2008},
  volume={174 1},
  pages={55-9}
}
The identification of body fluids can be of crucial importance in forensic casework. Recently we have shown that the detection of cell- and tissue-specific mRNAs is a suitable technique to identify menstrual blood and semen. In this paper we present an improved method using real time-PCR and the menstrual blood marker MMP-7 which increases sensitivity and specificity. We furthermore demonstrate case examples described showing that the correct identification of samples as non-menstrual is likely… CONTINUE READING

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