Genomics in Biological Anthropology: New Challenges, New Opportunities

Book Series: Anthropology : Current and Future Developments

Volume 2


Manuela Lima, Amanda Ramos, Cristina Santos

DOI: 10.2174/97816810838581160201
eISBN: 978-1-68108-385-8, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-68108-386-5
ISSN: 2405-7703 (Print)
ISSN: 2405-7711 (Online)

Indexed in: EBSCO.

Molecular methodologies are crucial to our understanding of human population diversity, as well as our evolutionary relationships with...[view complete introduction]

Complicities Between Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Genetics: New Opportunities for Genomics?

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Eugenia Cunha and Manuela Lima


Human genome projects have been generating a vast amount of data which is impacting several areas, and forensic anthropology is no exception. In this chapter the interrelation between forensic anthropology and forensic genetics is highlighted, and the potential role that genomics can have in forensic science is addressed. The main sub-areas to which forensic anthropology can call the expertise of forensic genetics are listed and discussed. Genome-wide studies have recently started to be used to generate data which can efficiently aid forensic anthropologists; noteworthy, epigenetic analysis has also demonstrated its potential of application to questions that are posed to forensic anthropology. We argue that the partnership between forensic anthropology and forensic genetics is essential for stepping further in forensic sciences and that recent genomic tools have the potential to efficiently resolve questions left unanswered by genetics.

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