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Trends in the Use of DNA Analysis to Complement Microscopic Hair Examination

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Jeffrey Toobin, The CSI Effect: The Truth About Forensic Science, (May 7, 2007).

J. Herbie DiFonzo & Ruth C. Stern, Devil in a White Coat: The Temptation of Forensic Evidence in the Age of CSI, 41 New England Law Review 503 (2006-2007).

Elizabeth A. Graffy & David R. Foran, A Simplified Method for Mitochondrial DNA Extraction from Head Hair Shafts, 50 Journal of Forensic Sciences 1119 (Sept. 2005) (DOI:10.1520/JFS2005126).

Scientific Working Group on Materials Analysis (SWGMAT), Forensic Human Hair Examination Guidelines, 7 Forensic Science Communications (Apr. 2005).

Edward K. Cheng, Mitochondrial DNA: Emerging Legal Issues, 13 Journal of Law and Policy 99 (Mar. 2005).

Jason C. Kolowski, Nicholas Petraco, Margaret M. Wallace, Peter R. De Forest & Mechthild Prinz, A Comparison Study of Hair Examination Methodologies, 49 Journal of Forensic Sciences 1253 (Nov. 2004) (DOI:10.1520/JFS2003430).

J.M. Taupin, Forensic Hair Morphology Comparison – A Dying Art or Junk Science?, 44 Science and Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society 95 (Apr. 2004).

Max M. Houck, Richard E. Bisbing, Tani G. Watkins & Rockne P. Harmon, The Science of Forensic Hair Comparisons and the Admissibility of Hair Comparison Evidence: Frye and Daubert Considered, (Mar. 2, 2004).

Douglas W. Deedrick & Sandra L. Koch, Microscopy of Hair Part 1: A Practical Guide and Manual for Human Hairs, 6 Forensic Science Communications (Jan. 2004).

Bruce A. Benner, Jr., John V. Goodpastor, Jeffrey A. DeGrasse, Lois A. Tully & Barbara C. Levin, Characterization of Surface Organic Components of Human Hair by On-Line Supercritical Fluid Extraction-Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry: A Feasibility Study and Comparison With Human Identification Using Mitochondrial DNA Sequences, 48 Journal of Forensic Sciences 554 (May 2003).

Mitochondrial DNA Analysis (Transcript), President’s DNA Initiative at (Oct. 2002).

Max M. Houck & Bruce Budowle, Correlation of Microscopic and Mitochondrial DNA Hair Comparisons, 47 Journal of Forensic Sciences 964 (Sept. 2002).

Walter F. Rowe, The Current Status of Microscopical Hair Comparison, 1 Scientific World Journal 868 (Dec. 2001) (DOI:10.1100/tsw.2001.358).

Charles A. Linch, David A. Whiting & Mitchell M. Holland, Human Hair Histogenesis for the Mitochondrial DNA Forensic Scientist, 46 Journal of Forensic Sciences 844 (July 2001).

Douglas W. Deedrick, Hairs, Fibers, Crime, and Evidence, 2 Forensic Science Communications (July 2000).

C.A. Linch, S.L. Smith & J.A. Prahlow, Evaluation of the Human Hair Root for DNA Typing Subsequent to Microscopic Comparison, 43 Journal of Forensic Sciences 305 (Mar. 1998).

Books/Book Chapters

Max M. Houck, Trace Evidence, in Forensic Science: Modern Methods of Solving Crime (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007).

Richard E. Bisbing, Trace Evidence in the Real Crime Laboratory, in The Forensic Laboratory Handbook: Procedures and Practice (Humana Press, 2006).

Max M. Houck & Jay A. Siegel, Forensic Hair Examinations, Fundamentals of Forensic Science (Academic Press, 2006).

Jay A. Siegel, Hairs, in Forensic Science: The Basics (CRC Press, 2006).

Andrew S. Wilson & M. Thomas P. Gilbert, in Hair and Nail, Forensic Human Identification: An Introduction (CRC Press, 2006).

Bruce A. Benner Jr. & Barbara C. Levin, Hair and Human Identification, in Hair in Toxicology: An Important Bio-Monitor (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2005).

Terrence F. Kiely, Hair Analyses, in Forensic Evidence: Science and the Criminal Law (CRC Press, 2005).

Harold Deadman, The Importance of Trace Evidence, in Trace Evidence Analysis: More Cases in Mute Witnesses (Academic Press, 2003).

Clarence R. Robbins, Chemical Composition, in Chemical and Physical Behavior of Human Hair (Springer, 2002).

Vincent J. DiMaio & Dominick DiMaio, in Rape, Forensic Pathology (CRC Press, 2001).

James Robertson & Claude Roux, in From the Crime Scene to the Laboratory, Forensic Examination of Fibres (CRC Press, 1999).