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DNA Science Helpful, But Too Pricey For Many Countries

Filed by KOSU News in Science.
September 13, 2013

For over 30 years, scientists and law enforcement have used DNA to identify victims of crime. They’ve also extended that skill to identify war crime casualties in places like Argentina and Bosnia. But these efforts have been haphazard; there is no international body or standard for using DNA profiling for disasters, and often it’s not been an option in poor countries like Haiti or Rwanda. Legal scholars now call for an international body with the same reach as weapons inspectors. This could be especially useful in Syria, once the dust settles. [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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