Seventeen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City, advancement in DNA testing techniques has led to the identification of more victims of the atrocity.
The death toll following the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 was 2,753, but about 1000 of the victims are yet to be positively identified.
On the eve of the 17th anniversary of the attack, a team of DNA experts announced a scientific breakthrough in the extraction of genetic material from Ground Zero, the place where the twin towers collapsed.
According to the new technique, bone fragments are placed in a chamber containing liquid nitrogen to make them more fragile so they can be pulverized into fine powder. Scientists are more likely to succeed to make a successful DNA extraction if a bone is broken down into fine powder.
“We’re going back to the same remains that we’ve tried five, 10, 15 times,” Mark Desire, who leads the Medical…