DNA Key to Naming Soldiers Buried Where They Fell
But now the National Defence Department is planning to keep a team of experts on retainer who can routinely use genetic testing and other advanced forensic tools to try to attach a name to the long-dead soldiers, airmen or sailors.
The department recently issued a contract for a "mortuary service provider" to handle both movement of the remains and the painstaking historical and scientific work involved in trying to identify them, with DNA analysis being the newest and final tool in the process.
The unusual contract calls for the services of forensic archeologists, forensic anthropologists and genealogical researchers.
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