DNA Profiling: Identifying Disaster Victims

Samantha GonzalesEmail: sjh88@wildcats.unh.edu

What is DNA Profiling?

Disasters occur without warning and can claim the lives of many people. Natural disasters and man-made disasters, like tsunamis, the bombing of cities due to war or plane crashes, can be brutal and leave the remains of its victims highly degraded and unrecognizable. Family members lose their loved ones and cannot bury the remains or deal with the legal matters of the victim without positive identification. DNA profiling is a way to identify disaster victims by means of DNA analysis. DNA profiling processes can have slightly different methods depending on the situation, the type of disaster and the types of DNA samples that can be successfully extracted from the remains.

Research Question:If the amelogenin gene is found in other species can another function be found other than sex determination? If the amelogenin gene, or protein, is found in other species it might allow for investigators to research other genes that could help with disaster victim identification.

DNA Reference Samples
DNA Sample Extraction Methods
DNA Analysis
Results and Data
Data Analysis
Work Cited