Abbott said today that it has entered into an agreement with the University of North Texas Health Science Center to evaluate the company's Plex-ID instrument for use in analyzing human remains to support missing persons and human trafficking investigations.

Under the agreement, Abbott has installed a Plex-ID analyzer at UNT Health Science Center and is supplying the Plex-ID mtDNA assay to characterize mitochondrial DNA from aged or degraded biological specimens such as hair, tissue, bones, teeth, and body fluids.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

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