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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (10 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470665963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470665961
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1.6 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DNA typing of non–human DNA is a fast developing area of research and professional practice. The application of DNA typing in wildlife forensic science is one of these prime uses of DNA  typing and is gaining increasing profile. The use of DNA profiling in wildlife forensic science falls into two broad areas: species testing and genetic linkage. Species testing answers the question what species is this? and genetic linkage answers the question did these two samples come from the same organism or population?   Wildlife DNA Analysis: Applications in Forensic Science provides an accessible introduction to both of these key areas.   Clearly structured throughout, the introduction highlights the different types of crime where these techniques are regularly used. This chapter includes a discussion as to who performs forensic wildlife examinations, the standardisation and validation of methods, and the role of the expert witness in this type of alleged crime. This is followed by a detailed section on the science behind DNA typing including the problems in isolating DNA from trace material and subsequent genetic analysis are also covered. The book then undertakes a comprehensive review of species testing using DNA, including a step–by–step guide to sequence comparisons. A comparison of the different markers used in species testing highlights the criteria for a genetic marker. A full set of case histories illustrates the use of the different markers used. The book details the use of genetic markers to link two or more hairs/feather/leaves/needles to the same individual organism and the software used in population assignment.  The problems and possibilities in isolating markers, along with the construction of allele databases are discussed in this chapter. The book concludes with evaluation and reporting of genetic evidence in wildlife forensic science illustrated by examples of witness statements.   An accessible introduction to this fast developing area of research within forensic science Case studies throughout to link theory and practice and to highlight the use of DNA testing in species testing. Covers both crimes against wildlife and offences where wildlife can provide vital evidence Assumes only a basic background knowledge of DNA Includes a comprehensive review of species testing using DNA, including a step–by–step guide to sequence comparisons  

About the Author

Adrian Linacre
Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia     

Shanan Tobe
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK


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By Pepper #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2014
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This book covers two key areas - species testing and genetic linking. The text explores the areas of activity in which these techniques have an application and is centred on the investigation of wildlife related crime. The text goes on to look at the science behind analysing samples, isolating DNA, genetic analysis and then species testing using DNA. The next section looks at the markers in species testing focusing on genetic markers using real life cases. There's lots of detail about using genetic markers to link hairs and feathers etc. to various species. The text also discusses the isolation of markers and the use of databases. The conclusion contains a very practical section on the evaluation of genetic evidence and the writing of witness statements.

I am not a scientist but I found this book really interesting and could see it having a readership in both the scientific community and amongst others involved in wildlife/conservation issues - for example, animal welfare/conservation agencies, Police Wildlife Officers, Customs, and even Nessie/Sasquatch hunters! (I suggest this because this book illustrates the burden of proof they will need to convince the scientific community of any new species they discover). I cannot pretend that there are parts of the book that aren't highly technical and I might not get 100% if tested on them, but, even to a lay reader, there are lots of interesting theories and points of principle that are explored plus, a number of supporting illustrations, diagrams and charts some of which are in colour.

It is obvious a huge amount of work has gone into this book by the authors as well as those whose research is explored within it - to people who are involved with conservation and related enforcement issues I think this book will be a gem both to read and refer to.
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This book is basically about animal smuggling and how to use DNA tools to identify species or find the true provenance of an animal or animal product. It would be of great interest to anyone involved in animal trade controls, i.e. in understanding how DNA forensic techniques can be applied.

You do not need to be a biology expert to benefit from this book, but a basic understanding of science is beneficial. It gives extremely clear explanations about DNA genomes and genetic variation, with many figures and diagrams, even explaining the basics of DNA and how that varies between species. They also explain the basic methods for DNA analysis, and the pros and cons of applying the different methods.

This book has a post A-level reading level and is more a book for non-biologists involved in DNA testing related to enforcement. Someone working in molecular biology would already know and understand these techniques, but for example a lawyer wanting to understand the background of testing science would find this a great help. A biologist moving into the DNA analysis field would also enjoy having all of the material brought together in this focused book.
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By FLB TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2014
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I work in the world of forensic science and one of my areas is wildlife crime, so I was very pleased to receive this book. As will all books of this nature, it is not bedtime reading, but about a very complex area of science.

That said, I thought it read well, was laid out nicely and covered a very wide range of subject matter, it was also not overly confusing, which is a bonus for any scientific text.

I am sure it will be really useful in my work.
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I have had a number of students who have been interested in using DNA analysis in forensics, in particular to help forensic entymology and the use of fly species to investigate bodies. A problem with existing analysis is that you have to wait for the maggots to become flies and so DNA is an obvious alternative. So I picked up this book thinking about writing a module on DNA forensics.

I think that it is an ideal text for a third year specialised module on wildlife DNA analysis, as it covers all of the background molecular biology and gives the experimental and analytical techniques at an appropriate level. For me it fits with a 30 credit single semester course. Some of the chapters are a bit basic, and I would expect students to only need to use them for refreshing their knowledge from earlier modules. For this reason I wouldn't think it was suited for someone who is going to develop as an expert in the field, it might get someone started who is coming to research in the field from a related discipline but it needs more depth to become a reference text. So I like it for developing a module around it as a solid core text.
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For students studying biology,authors Adrian Linacre of Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia and Shanan Tobe of the University of Strathclyde's 'Wildlife DNA Analysis etc', is the perfect companion work to guide them through this field. Covering DNA ,Genomes and genetic variation,methods in wildlife forensic DNA analysis,species testing, genetic linkage and interpretation,evaluation and reporting of results...Wildlife DNA Analysis guides the reader through its no nonsense text, diagrams,charts and sharp illustrations.Not really suitable for those seeking a non academic understanding of the subject.
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