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Oct. 31, 2013

Impact of forensic mitochondrial DNA focus of First Friday Seminar


DNA expert Rhonda Roby, Ph.D., will discuss the impact of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) on forensic sciences tomorrow at OSU-CHS during the First Friday Seminar at noon in D-107. The seminar is presented by the School of Forensic Sciences.

An associate professor in the Department of Forensic and Investigative Genetics at University of North Texas Health Science Center, Roby will present “The role of mtDNA in forensics and beyond.” The lecture focuses on mtDNA, which can be an important key in forensic investigations when limited or damaged samples of biological material are available.

Roby pioneered the use of mitochondrial DNA in identifying human remains and led a team of scientists who helped process 21,000 DNA samples after 9/11. She currently conducts research at the UNT Center for Human Identification's Missing Persons Program. She also researches Alzheimer’s disease and prostate cancer as it relates to the mitochondrial genome.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided at 11:45 a.m.



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