Age estimation in dental pulp DNA based on human telomere shortening

Tomoya Takasaki, Akiko Tsuji, Noriaki Ikeda, Masamichi Ohishi

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Age estimation based on evidence found in teeth has received considerable attention within the field of forensic science. We determined the terminal restriction fragment (TRF) length, as telomere length, to estimate age. Using dental pulp DNA we found the average TRF length showed a tendency to shortening with aging. Our findings show that telomere shortening, based on dental pulp DNA is a new and useful approach to estimate age of the subject at the time of death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-234
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Legal Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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