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Challenges in human skin microbial profiling for forensic science: a review

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posted on 2024-06-18, 22:52 authored by Ana NeckovicAna Neckovic, RAH van Oorschot, Bianca SzkutaBianca Szkuta, Annalisa Durdle
The human microbiome is comprised of the microbes that live on and within an individual, as well as immediately surrounding them. Microbial profiling may have forensic utility in the identification or association of individuals with criminal activities, using microbial signatures derived from a personal microbiome. This review highlights some important aspects of recent studies, many of which have revealed issues involving the effect of contamination of microbial samples from both technical and environmental sources and their impacts on microbiome research and the potential forensic applications of microbial profiling. It is imperative that these challenges be discussed and evaluated within a forensic context to better understand the future directions and potential applications of microbial profiling for human identification. It is necessary that the limitations identified be resolved prior to the adoption of microbial profiling, or, at a minimum, acknowledged by those applying this new approach.

History

Journal

Genes

Volume

11

Article number

ARTN 1015

Pagination

1-16

Location

Switzerland

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

2073-4425

eISSN

2073-4425

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

9

Publisher

MDPI