Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

US Justice Department Awards $1.9M to UNTHSC DNA Identity Lab

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (GenomeWeb News) - The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth said yesterday that the US Justice Department awarded it five grants totaling more than $1.9 million, to be applied to projects related to UNTHSC's DNA Identity Laboratory.

 

The largest grant, worth $750,000, will be used for an 18-month project focused on DNA testing of unidentified remains and family reference samples, UNTHSC said.

 

Other awards include $415,000 toward creating "more efficient methods of collecting DNA samples by developing standardized sample collection kits," and $250,000 toward analyzing "new methods of testing DNA that may provide more conclusive results in mass disaster identification," according to an official statement.

 

As many as 40,000 remains throughout the US are unidentified, UNTHSC said.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.