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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.

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