Date of Award

8-1-2004

Degree Type

Restricted Access Professional Report

Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Forensic Genetics

Department

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Joseph Warren

Second Advisor

John Planz

Third Advisor

Arthur Eisenberg

Abstract

Ariyo, Bolanle. Amplification of Mitochondrial DNA Regions HVI and HVII in its Entirety and Reducing Cycle Sequencing Reactions. Master of Science (Forensic Genetics), August 2004, 46 pages, 10 figures, 7 tables, 18 references. Mitochondrial DNA is widely used in the forensic community because of its high copy number in cells, location, and mode of inheritance. Yet this method of analysis is expensive, time consuming, and labor intensive, therefore labs should take steps to improve the procedure of mtDNA analysis. This study is performed to validate the use of amplifying HVI and HVII region in its entirety (2 primer sets) for use in reference samples. Amplification performed using primers F15989-R16410 (HVI) and F73-R340 (HVII). The current method of amplification is 4 primer sets at full cycle sequencing reactions. The cost of Cycle Sequencing Kit is also expensive, therefore performing half and quarter reactions would be beneficial in reducing the amount of kit consumed. To validate the use of reducing cycle sequencing reactions, half and quarter cycle reactions were performed using 2 and 4 primer sets. Results demonstrate that sequence data for reducing cycle sequence data is consistent with the sequence data using the current method. Results also show that sequence data obtained using two primer sets was consistent with sequence data amplified by the current method with the exception of two samples at length heteroplasmy polyctosine regions.

Comments

Ariyo, Bolanle. Amplification of Mitochondrial DNA Regions HVI and HVII in its Entirety and Reducing Cycle Sequencing Reactions. Master of Science (Forensic Genetics), August 2004, 46 pages, 10 figures, 7 tables, 18 references. W 4.8 A718A 2004

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