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Gene Codes Signs $1.6M Contract to Identify Tsunami Victim Remains

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (GenomeWeb News) -  The Thai government will pay Gene Codes $1.6 million for the company to use its DNA-matching software to identify human remains left in the wake of last year's  Indian Ocean tsunami.


Gene Codes will use its M-FISys software to match apparently non-Thai DNA profiles sent to the company by the Beijing Genomics Institute at the ChineseAcademyof Sciences, which receives tissue samples of all tsunami victims in Thailand, said Howard Cash, president of Gene Codes.


The company will match the profiles with identification data generated from pre-tsunami victim samples and family-member samples obtained from victims' families through national governments, Cash said.


The Thai Police Forensic Institute victim identification center in Phuket, Thailand, currently holds 1,552 bodies, while the Central Institute of Forensic Science is processing 1,538 at two locations, according to a Feb. 21 article in the Bangkok Post.


Gene Codes previously identified the remains of World Trade Center-disaster victims in New York following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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