A new DNA-based research tool developed in Poland, could help forensic specialists identify dead bodies which have either decomposed or been mutilated beyond recognition. The HIrisPlex (pron: Hirisplex) system has already been used to reveal the hair and eye color from ancient human remains, but could be just as useful in modern criminal investigations as well.
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Jan. 13, 2013 A new method of establishing hair and eye color from modern forensic samples can also be used to identify details from ancient human remains, finds a new study. The HIrisPlex DNA analysis system was ... read more
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