DNA Identification After Conflict or Disaster

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Science  13 Sep 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6151, pp. 1178-1179
DOI: 10.1126/science.1238085

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Over the last 30 years, DNA profiling has been used to identify human remains that are so badly damaged, comingled, or decayed that they might otherwise have been lost to history (1). Despite growing recognition of the importance of forensic identification to promote the welfare and rights of survivors of large-scale conflict or natural disaster, access to it is often piecemeal and ad hoc.