Research Article| Volume 3, ISSUE 3, P162-165, June 2009

Development of an antigen-based rapid diagnostic test for the identification of blowfly (Calliphoridae) species of forensic significance

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      In this study we examine the limitations of currently used sequence-based approaches to blowfly (Calliphoridae) identification and evaluate the utility of an immunological approach to discriminate between blowfly species of forensic importance. By investigating antigenic similarity and dissimilarity between the first instar larval stages of four forensically important blowfly species, we have been able to identify immunoreactive proteins of potential use in the development of species-specific immuno-diagnostic tests. Here we outline our protein-based approach to species determination, and describe how it may be adapted to develop rapid diagnostic assays for the ‘on-site’ identification of blowfly species.


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