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DNA Testing Company Gets Call to Help ID California Fire Victims

Nov. 20, 2018, 2:34 PM

Authorities in California have turned to a DNA-testing technology designed for war zones to help identify the charred remains of victims of the state’s deadliest fire in a century.

At least 77 people are dead and more than 900 remain missing after the Camp Fire swept through the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, destroying more than 11,000 homes and scorching an area hundreds of square miles wide. Many victims were burned beyond recognition, making identifying remains a difficult task using traditional DNA-analysis techniques. Those samples typically must be shipped off to a laboratory, and the identification process can take weeks...

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