Investigation of human DNA profiles in house dust mites: Implications in forensic acarology

Cakan H., Guven K., ÇEVİK F. E., Demirci M., Saribas S.

ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL MEDICINE, vol.23, no.3, pp.187-192, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.4323/rjlm.2015.187
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.187-192
  • Keywords: forensic entomology, house dust mites, Dermatophagoides spp. human DNA, miniSTR analysis, 3-DIMENSIONAL RECONSTRUCTION, ENTOMOLOGY, ACARI
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


House dust mites are microscopic arthropods commonly found in many households. Since they feed on the flakes of shed human skin, human genetic material is expected to be present in these creatures. We conducted a study to find out if house dust mites can carry the DNA of the house occupants. If this were true, could human DNA isolated from the mites, obtained from a crime scene, be used as evidence in court?