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Microbiome Forensic Biobanking: A Step toward Microbial Profiling for Forensic Human Identification

Laboratory of Forensic Genetics, Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padova, 35121 Padova, Italy
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Healthcare 2021, 9(10), 1371; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9101371
Received: 15 September 2021 / Revised: 4 October 2021 / Accepted: 11 October 2021 / Published: 14 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Forensic Science and Legal Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Puzzle!)
In recent years many studies have highlighted the great potential of microbial analysis in human identification for forensic purposes, with important differences in microbial community composition and function across different people and locations, showing a certain degree of uncertainty. Therefore, further studies are necessary to enable forensic scientists to evaluate the risk of microbial transfer and recovery from various items and to further critically evaluate the suitability of current human DNA recovery protocols for human microbial profiling for identification purposes. While the establishment and development of microbiome research biobanks for clinical applications is already very structured, the development of studies on the applicability of microbiome biobanks for forensic purposes is still in its infancy. The creation of large population microbiome biobanks, specifically dedicated to forensic human identification, could be worthwhile. This could also be useful to increase the practical applications of forensic microbiology for identification purposes, given that this type of evidence is currently absent from most real casework investigations and judicial proceedings in courts. View Full-Text
Keywords: microbiome; human identification; biobank; forensic microbiome; human identification; biobank; forensic
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Caenazzo, L.; Tozzo, P. Microbiome Forensic Biobanking: A Step toward Microbial Profiling for Forensic Human Identification. Healthcare 2021, 9, 1371. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9101371

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Caenazzo L, Tozzo P. Microbiome Forensic Biobanking: A Step toward Microbial Profiling for Forensic Human Identification. Healthcare. 2021; 9(10):1371. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9101371

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Caenazzo, Luciana, and Pamela Tozzo. 2021. "Microbiome Forensic Biobanking: A Step toward Microbial Profiling for Forensic Human Identification" Healthcare 9, no. 10: 1371. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9101371

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