The tragic events of September 11, 2001 impacted the way of life for many Americans. From government agencies to law enforcement, changes have been implemented to prepare for the next disaster.
The National Institute of Justice utilized the knowledge of experts related to the field of forensic sciences who have experience with the events of September 11th to publish their findings of “lessons learned” in the policies and procedures of identifying victims who perished in the World Trade Center attacks. These experts discuss “DNA protocols, laboratory techniques, and statistical approaches” for officials who deal directly with mass fatality incidents. Covering such issues as the basics of DNA identification, major decisions for officials and forensic experts to make during the mass fatality event, information technology used in each procedure, how to properly conduct media sessions, establishing relationships between those identifying the bodies and the victims’ families, how to report accurate statistics and findings, and how to maintain quality control in a DNA laboratory.
If you’re a forensics, biology, or a criminal justice student, or just curious about DNA procedures, check out this government documents publication.
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