Laying Ghosts to Rest in Bosnia

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Science  24 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5534, pp. 1422-1423
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5534.1422

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TUZLA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA-- This month, scientists will embark on the biggest project ever to use DNA testing to identify the remains of as many as 30,000 people missing since the Dayton peace accord brought Bosnia's three-and-a-half-year war to an end in 1995. Using techniques pioneered by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory in Rockville, Maryland, scientists plan to compare DNA from victims and survivors to try to bring closure to thousands of grieving relatives.