The impact of chimerism in DNA-based forensic sex determination analysis

Renjith George, Preethy Mary Donald, Sumanth Kumbargere Nagraj, Jose Joy Idiculla, Rashid Hj Ismail

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Sex determination is the most important step in personal identification in forensic investigations. DNA-based sex determination analysis is comparatively more reliable than the other conventional methods of sex determination analysis. Advanced technology like real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) offers accurate and reproducible results and is at the level of legal acceptance. But still there are situations like chimerism where an individual possess both male and female specific factors together in their body. Sex determination analysis in such cases can give erroneous results. This paper discusses the phenomenon of chimerism and its impact on sex determination analysis in forensic investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-79
Number of pages5
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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