Daily Archives: August 18, 2016

Forensic Teams In Greece Struggle To Identify Drowned Migrants

Penelope Miniati, head of the forensics science division works at the forensics science division of Hellenic Police in AthensATHENS — The Greek police’s criminal investigation department’s workload has surged since last October, as its forensics team scrambles to identify some of the hundreds of victims who have drowned making the short but dangerous journey from the shores of Turkey to outlying Greek islands.
The director of Greece’s forensic division, Penelope Miniati, told Reuters there are 85 DNA samples still to be processed and identified since October compared to normally dealing with just a “handful” every month.

DNA traces origins of Iceman’s ragtag wardrobe

Otzi's duds…When Oetzi was discovered in 1991, famously well preserved in the ice of the Italian Alps, this type of ancient DNA analysis was impossible.
“25 years ago, the study of ancient DNA was in its infancy,” Mr O’Sullivan told BBC News. “It would not have been possible to infer, to the same extent, the species of origin or how domesticated the leathers were…”