Sam Houston State University Receives Grant to Research Quicker Identification of Mass Disaster Victims

Taiwan EarthquakeSam Houston State University‘s Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility has received a National Institute of Justice grant to further research in genotyping in conditions related to natural and manmade disasters. Whether a mass disaster is a result of humans, such as in war, or is a result of a natural force of nature, such as a hurricane or other natural cause, the chaos and disorder in the wake of human disasters often leads to a slow identification of victims. In many cases, a disaster area can be hot, humid, without water or electricity, and can delay the ability to obtain readable DNA, which is necessary for identifying victims.