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Forensic DNA profiling using short tandem repeat (STR) markers has played an important role in human identification for criminal casework, missing person cases, and historical investigations. For challenging forensic samples such as skeletal remains and degraded stains, obtaining a full complement of STR markers may be impossible due to the fragmentation of DNA. miniSTR markers have been developed to improve the success rate of developing a DNA profile from challenged samples. The development, structure, benefits, and limitations of miniSTR testing will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123821652
ISBN (Print)9780123821669
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013



  • Concordance testing
  • Degraded DNA
  • MiniSTR
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Short tandem repeat (STR) markers

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Coble, M. D. (2013). MiniSTRs. In Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences: Second Edition (pp. 239-242). Elsevier Inc..