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ISSN: 2157-7145

Journal of Forensic Research
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Molecular Identification of Forensically Important Indian Species of Flesh Flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) by Using COI Gene of Mitochondrial DNA

Manish Sharma1, Devinder Singh1* and Ajay Kumar Sharma2

1Department of Zoology & Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala-147002, India

2Vector Management Division, Defense R&D Establishment (DRDE), DRDO, Gwalior-474002, India

*Corresponding Author:
Devinder Singh
Department of Zoology & Environmental Sciences
Punjabi University, Patiala-147002
Punjab, India
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: September 28, 2015; Accepted Date: December 28, 2015; Published Date: December 31, 2015

Citation:Sharma M, Singh D, Sharma AK (2015) Molecular Identification of Forensically Important Indian Species of Flesh Flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) by Using COI Gene of Mitochondrial DNA. J Forensic Res 6:316. doi: 10.4172/2157-7145.1000316

Copyright: © 2015 Sharma M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Identification of the fauna collected from and around the corpse is an absolutely vital prerequisite for the estimation of post mortem interval(PMI) in the field of forensic entomology. Morphological identification of flesh flies (Diptera; Sarcophagidae) can be perplexing due similar attributes of the species. So, to simplify the identification method, amplification of cytochrome oxidase I (COI) gene is often tried. We illustrate the use of 450 bp fragment of COI gene for differentiation of ten forensically significant species of flesh flies in India. The outcome displays the robustness of COI gene as a diagnostic marker, since its nucleotide variability endows reliable distinction to be drawn between species. Four new COI gene sequences have been added to GenBank which may be of interest for correct species identification for future workers.


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