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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

08 Mitochondrial DNA & Y-STR Analysis

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Upon completion of Module 8, you will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and how it relates to nuclear DNA.
  • Understand the significance of mtDNA laboratory analysis and potential reportable outcomes.
  • Recognize scientific and legal issues that affect use of mtDNA laboratory analysis results.
  • Understand the significance and appropriate use of Y-STR analysis.

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