Author(s): Gupta SK, Thangaraj K, Singh L, Gupta SK, Thangaraj K, Singh L
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Abstract In this study, we describe a forensic case dealing with the identification of the source of the processed ivory object by DNA analysis. Two pieces of Lord Krishna's idols from a shop were confiscated by an investigating agency of the Indian government and forwarded to us to identify the source of its origin. We succeeded in isolating DNA from both processed ivory idols by using the phenol/chloroform DNA extraction method. The extracted DNA was subjected to PCR amplification using an elephant-specific mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) D-loop marker. DNA sequence analysis of the amplified fragment of mtDNA D-loop region confirmed that the idols were consistent with Asian elephant with 99\% similarity. © 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
This article was published in J Forensic Sci
and referenced in Journal of Forensic Research