Y‐STR Concordance Study Between Y‐Plex™5, Y‐Plex™6, Y‐Plex™12, Powerplex®Y, Y‐Filer™, MPI, and MPII

Journal of Forensic Sciences (Impact Factor: 1.31). 10/2006; 51(6):1423 - 1428. DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2006.00289.x

ABSTRACT POPULATION: Minnesota Hispanics and Minnesota Asians.

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