Biomolecules in Forensic Molecular Genetics

A special issue of Biomolecules (ISSN 2218-273X). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Genetics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 70

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National Center for Forensic Science and Department of Chemistry, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
Interests: forensic genomics; forensic biology
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Dear Colleagues,

There is continuing effort put to investigate, improve, and innovate in the field of forensic molecular genetics, resulting in significant advances in obtaining probative evidentiary information from crime scene samples. Although forensic DNA analysis is the pre-eminent method employed to retrieve information from the primary structure of genome and mtDNA, the advent of accessible multi-omics technologies to analyze other biomolecules is beginning to yield molecular tools to assist in the criminal investigation process. Using an arsenal of biomolecular markers and techniques, both enhanced and novel genomic, epigenetic, transcriptomic, proteomic, microbiomics, and small molecule screening methods are being developed to address the challenges associated with complex, limited, and often environmentally compromised crime scene evidence samples. Such technologies are expected to yield not only more actionable genetic information about the origin of the sample but also, depending on the biomolecules being studied, indications of the non-genetically determined external environmental influences on the individual or the sample itself. 

This Special Issue of Biomolecules on Forensic Genetics will showcase the ongoing efforts to investigate and retrieve potentially probative investigative information from a variety of biomolecule types, whether macromolecules or small molecules. Colleagues are encouraged to submit manuscripts in original research article or review form on forensic molecular genetics topics involving biomolecules, but discussions on limitations, challenges, and future directions within the field are also welcome.

Dr. Erin K. Hanson
Guest Editor

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  • forensic
  • DNA
  • RNA
  • protein
  • mtDNA
  • epigenetics
  • microbiome

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