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BME80 Research Paper Cailin Johnson-Smart 12/01/2007 Developments in Identification Used to Identify 9/11 Victims I will be discussing the importance of genetic testing in identification and forensics. I  will be investigating different methods that are essential in order to use genetics to identify  and to test evidence from a crime scene. I am confining my research paper on strictly the  different methods used to identify victims from the September 11 th  attack on the US. The  National Institutes of Justice and the National Institutes of Health agreed to develop efficient  identifications of the victims that were taken. These two agencies became actively involved  together because of the high demand of discovering the identifications of the thousands of  victims that suffered from the attack on the World Trade Center (Spencer, 2007).    Because of the thousands of deaths and the extensive debris that included  temperatures as high as 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and tissue fragments that were mixed  with inorganic building materials that covered Ground Zero, DNA matching and data  handling had a demanding  and difficult challenge. Also because of the human remains that  were lost during the falling towers, scientists have never been challenged with this great of  number and the necessity to identify hundred’s of victims. The scientists collected over  Johnson-Smart 1
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