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Amy Z Mundorff

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Dna Preservation In Skeletal Elements From The World Trade Center Disaster: Recommendations For Mass Fatality Management*, Amy Mundorff, Eric Bartelink, Elaine Mar-Cash Jun 2009

Dna Preservation In Skeletal Elements From The World Trade Center Disaster: Recommendations For Mass Fatality Management*, Amy Mundorff, Eric Bartelink, Elaine Mar-Cash

Amy Z Mundorff

The World Trade Center (WTC) victim identification effort highlights taphonomic influences on the degradation of DNA from victims of mass fatality incidents. This study uses a subset of the WTC-Human Remains Database to evaluate differential preservation of DNA by skeletal element. Recovery location, sex, and victim type (civilian, firefighter, or plane passenger) do not appear to influence DNA preservation. Results indicate that more intact elements, as well as elements encased in soft tissue, produced slightly higher identification rates than more fragmented remains. DNA identification rates by element type conform to previous findings, with higher rates generally found in denser, weight-bearing ...