Mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms: a study of 50 French Caucasian individuals and application to forensic casework

Int J Legal Med. 1998;111(6):292-8. doi: 10.1007/s004140050174.


The analysis of mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms has proved to be efficient on highly degraded samples or samples having little or no genomic DNA such as hair shafts. In order to use this very sensitive method, the authors first established a database by analysing the mitochondrial DNA polymorphism in 50 French white Caucasian individuals, applied the analysis to different types of samples that can be found in forensic investigations and finally performed this method on two forensic cases involving the discovery of highly putrefied unidentified remains.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • DNA, Mitochondrial / genetics*
  • Female
  • Forensic Medicine*
  • France
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin Variable Region / genetics
  • Male
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
  • White People / genetics


  • DNA, Mitochondrial
  • Immunoglobulin Variable Region