- 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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Wildlife DNA Analysis: Applications in Forensic Science (Essential Forensic Science) Paperback – 10 May 2013
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From the Back Cover
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
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Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am studying a biochemistry degree and had a forensics module within it - so this book came in really handy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mrs. Nicola Le Page
A very detailed book that covers aspects of wildlife DNA and covering topics of collection of specimens, storage, analysis and presentation of data. Read morePublished 22 months ago by R. Hallett
A thorough account of the current science of wildlife DNA analysis.
The unfortunate reality is that the majority of this subject is devoted to tracking and identifying... Read more
As someone with a keen interest in biology I was interested in reading this book, however quickly realised that it is extremely specialised. Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by Dinah85
DNA analysis devoted to wildlife is a specialised forensic field targeting trafficking or poaching. Covering everything from collection from scene and preservation, storage and... Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by Jack Chakotay
I was intrigued by the title and ambition of this publication. Why among all the very many books upon DNA analysis would anyone need a book dedicated to wildlife DNA analysis ? Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2013 by Peter Warne
I can see this book being an ideal starting point for a graduate looking at something of PhD level. It certainly implies a good to great knowledge of the subject as this is not a... Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2013 by Kris