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Beijing Genomics Institute to Perform DNA Identification of Tsunami Victims

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (GenomeWeb News) - Supporting the wishes of the Chinese government, the Beijing Genomics Institute of China has volunteered to test DNA samples of the dead and the relatives of missing foreigners in Thailand who perished in the tsunami that pummeled Southeast Asia last month.


"Chinahas decided to assist Thailandin order to hasten the process of DNA testing and to ensure the confidence of foreign countries," said Supachai Kunaratanapruk, deputy permanent secretary of the Thai health ministry.


A team of Chinese DNA experts will go to PhuketIslandin Thailandand work with other international teams to identify remains.


This week, BGI established a DNA working group and drafted a protocol for DNA sample collection. Group leader Yajun Deng said that the team has the capability of processing 5,000 DNA samples per day.

The Scan

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