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Genetics Experts Unite to I.D. Unknown Katrina Victims

A multi-institution team of experts, coordinated by geneticists from the NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), is supporting efforts to identify more than 70 bodies in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"What we are discovering in the recent Advances in molecular biology and genetics," says team member Stephen Sherry, Ph.D., of NLM's National Center for Biotechnology Information, "is that we have an unprecedented opportunity to identify people with precision and to affiliate them correctly with their families. This is a new aspect of science, and its impact is on everyone."

Katrina claimed more than 1,200 lives in Louisiana and Mississippi. More than 70 bodies remained unidentified.

Summer 2006 Issue: Page 26