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Title: Application of a mitochondrial DNA control region frequency database for UK domestic cats
Authors: Ottolini, Barbara
Lall, Gurdeep Matharu
Sacchini, Federico
Jobling, Mark A.
Wetton, Jon H.
First Published: 21-Dec-2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Forensic Science International: Genetics, 2017, 27, pp. 149–155
Abstract: DNA variation in 402 bp of the mitochondrial control region flanked by repeat sequences RS2 and RS3 was evaluated by Sanger sequencing in 152 English domestic cats, in order to determine the significance of matching DNA sequences between hairs found with a victim’s body and the suspect’s pet cat. Whilst 95% of English cats possessed one of the twelve globally widespread mitotypes, four new variants were observed, the most common of which (2% frequency) was shared with the evidential samples. No significant difference in mitotype frequency was seen between 32 individuals from the locality of the crime and 120 additional cats from the rest of England, suggesting a lack of local population structure. However, significant differences were observed in comparison with frequencies in other countries, including the closely neighbouring Netherlands, highlighting the importance of appropriate genetic databases when determining the evidential significance of mitochondrial DNA evidence.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2016.12.008
ISSN: 1872-4973
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Elsevier 2016. After embargo this version will be an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License (, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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