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Forensic Genetics
New Technology and Applications

Editors: Elena Pilli, PhD
Andrea Berti, PhD

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Forensic Genetics

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Forensic Genetics: New Technology and Applications aims to provide a fascinating overview on new and innovative technologies and applications in forensic genetics. Edited by two forensic experts with years of forensic crime experience with the Italian police and others, the book focus on three main themes: the first will treat DNA polymorphisms and genome structure, forensic human (autosomal STR, YSTR, XSTR and mitochondrial DNA), and non-human markers. The second one will focus on new technologies, and finally the last part will consider the applications of new technologies in the forensic field.

The overview on genetic structure and human and non-human markers will lead into the forensic field before dealing with new technologies and its applications.
This up-to-date volume will be unique in that are many publications that illustrate the principles and standard techniques used in forensic genetics, but no author has ever focused attention on all the latest technologies in a comprehensive and detailed way. The book will be ideal for both experts in the field who will find of interest for its exhaustive discussion of the most important technological innovations in forensic genetics. For those newer to the field, the volume will be an invaluable reference guide forensic world.

Tentative contents
• DNA polymorphism and genome structure
• Forensic identity markers
• Short tandem repeats
• Y chromosome short tandem repeats
• X chromosomes short tandem repeats
• Single nucleotide polymorphisms and other markers
• Mitochondrial DNA analysis
• Nonhuman DNA markers
New Technology
• Next generation sequencing
• On site rapid DNA analysis
• Real time PCR application
• Cell capture technology (Sylicon)
• Others
• Phenotyping
• Ancestry origin
• Forensic microbiology
• Forensic entomology
• Molecular autopsy

About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Elena Pilli, PhD
Research Assistant and Adjunct Professor; Head, Forensic Molecular Anthropology Unit, Laboratory of Anthropology, University of Florence, Italy

Elena Pilli is a Research Assistant and Head of the Forensic Molecular Anthropology Unit of the Department of Biology at the University of Florence. She is a Professor of Forensic Genetics at the Master School in Technologies and Applications for the scientific investigations at the University of Florence. She is also thesis advisor. Professor Pilli is an expert in the analysis of DNA extracted from any biological material collected at crime scenes. She carries out analysis of highly degraded samples such as human and animal bones and teeth and human and animal hair. She has been collaborating with the Scientific Investigation Department of Carabinieri Force for ten years. Recently she has also been in charge of the identification of the Fallen at the Fosse Ardeatine (mass grave national case) and several important cases of national interest. Professor Pilli is a Fellow of the Biologists Order and member of the Experts and Technical Advisors of the Court of Florence, Italy. She is a consultant forensic-genetic at the Department of Biology, University of Florence. Professor Pilli collaborates with public prosecutors, criminal and civil courts, law firms, and investigative agencies. As a consultant she has also experience in both criminal and paternity disputes, in educational activities, and seminars on forensic genetics. She is the author of approximately 40 publications in national and international scientific peer-reviewed journals and the author of national and international book chapters. She is also a reviewer of international journals, such as PLos One and BMC Genetics. In 2007 her scientific research was recognized as a Science Breakthrough of the Year. Professor Pilli graduated in biological sciences at the University of Florence with specialization in molecular biology and achieved a 2nd level master degree in forensic science with highest honors from the University of Parma, Italy. She attended courses in blood stain pattern analysis, crime scene analysis, and forensic anthropology and archaeology.

Andrea Berti, PhD
Head of Biology Unit, Forensic Science Department, Arma dei Carabinieri, Italy

Andrea Berti, PhD, is Forensic Biologist and Lgt Colonel of Italian military police “Carabinieri” at the Forensic Scientific Centre in Rome. He has been the Technical Manager of the Forensic Biology Unit since 1999. Dr. Berti has been head of the Biology Unit of Forensic Science Department at Arma dei Carabinieri since 2010. The Biology Unit works on approximately 1400 crime cases by year occurring in central and south Italy. They manage about 3000 pieces of forensic evidence, performing 20,000 DNA analyses each year. They also employ NGS technology for forensic application. The Biology Unit has been accredited 17025 since May 2012. Dr. Berti is also involved in the Italian DNA Database management as a CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) tutor. He has attended courses in blood stain pattern analysis, crime scene analysis, crime scene management and mass disaster, acquiring a lot of experiences working on many crime cases. He is the author of approximately 25 publications in international scientific peer-reviewed journals.

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