Anthropology 2235A/B Lecture Notes - Voir Dire, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Pathology

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The impact of dna on individuation from bone and teeth: dna can be used for individuation of skeletal remains. It is no longer slow and it is not nearly as costly. Dna is found in the lacunae when cells degrade and in the dentin and pulp line of teeth. Dna offers the ability to determine sex of immatures and adults without hip bones via the amelogenin locus on the x and y chromosomes. The amelogenin gene is the gene located on the x and y chromosomes that codes for proteins found in tooth enamel. This locus is dimorphic between sexes and can be used to determine sex. mtdna and y chromosome haplotypes can be used for ancestry. Because of the power of dna, many have questioned whether forensic anthropology is relevant today. Forensic anthropology and dna analysis: is individuating skeletal remains still relevant in the age of. There are a number of reasons why doing an osteobiography is relevant 1.

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