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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20-23

A comparative study of human and animal hairs: Microscopic hair comparison and cytochrome c oxidase I species identification


Department of Medical and Surgical Specialties, Radiological Sciences and Public Health, Forensic Medicine Unit, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy

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Dr. Venusia Cortellini
Piazzale Spedali Civili 1, 25123 Brescia
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfsm.jfsm_49_18

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Human and animal hairs have been used in forensic investigations for over a century. Hair is stable under adverse natural conditions; hence, it is often recovered at the crime scene, and it is necessary to determine whether the hair is of human or animal origin. Morphological and genetic characteristics are useful to differentiate human hair from animal hair. In the present study, we analyzed the distinguishing characteristics of hair of various species. In addition, we explore species identification by cytochrome c oxidase I mitochondrial gene analysis. We confirm that both the microscopic and molecular analyses of hairs are useful in forensic investigations.


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