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DNA Tool Brings Life to the Long Dead

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May 9, 2013
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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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Peter Huber: Onerous FDA Bureaucracy Holds Back Science

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