Category Archives: Mass Disaster

Six more victims of plane crash identified through DNA tests

KARACHI: Remains of six more victims of the Pakistan International Airlines plane crash tragedy were identified through DNA tests at a Karachi University (KU) laboratory on Thursday.

Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Make Masks For 2020 Healthcare Worker PPE Shortage

Dear Readers,
For those of you who are looking to help the caregivers, I am posting a news article from Forbes that contains a pattern for making face masks.
Stay Safe!

“If you want to rally the world to your cause, think like a little bird and tweet. Hospitals and doctors are reaching out via social media to ask for mission-critical help in solving the shortage of N95-type masks during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.You can help. Today, right now. Are you sitting in your apartment or house in some sort of state-wide lockdown? You can do something to help others. People of all ages and walks of life are diving in to make a difference. Check out some of these amazing initiatives, both small and large:”

8 Biotechs With Coronavirus Vaccines In Development


Dear Readers,
This is not the usual forensic news, but of interest to us all and gratifying to find positive actions and thoughts. Be well and lets flatten the curve.”

“About 35 vaccine candidates with different modes of action are in development for COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization.
The following are coronavirus vaccine candidates in development along with the sponsor, vaccine type and stage of development:”

Promega ramping up production of testing materials to address COVID-19 outbreak

Fitchburg-based Promega Corp. is ramping up production of lab materials used in tests for the new coronavirus as the virus continues its global spread.
Promega manufactures reagents and other lab equipment and materials for companies around the world, including Utah-based Co-Diagnostics which developed a test for the coronavirus.

Rapid DNA Test Quickly Identifies Victims of Mass Casualty Event

To quickly identify victims of the 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California’s history, researchers used a technique called Rapid DNA Identification that can provide results within hours, compared with months to years required of conventional DNA analysis.

RCMP helping to identify Canadian victims killed in downing of Ukraine Flight 752

The RCMP is working to help identify the remains of Canadians killed in the shootdown of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 through the collection of DNA samples.

51 bodies still in refrigerated trailers in Abaco some three months after the storm

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government has released the remains of some of the people killed during the passage of Hurricane Dorian to their families, Health minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed today.

California investigators to use war zone DNA analysis technique to identify boat fire victims

(Reuters) – California emergency workers were using a DNA analysis technique primarily employed in war zones and crime scenes to quickly identify the badly-burned remains of 34 people killed when a fast-moving fire trapped them on a scuba diving boat.

DNA tests confirm identity of 1st Filipino suicide attacker

MANILA, Philippines — DNA tests have confirmed the identity of the first known Filipino suicide bomber in the country’s south, an alarming milestone that underscores the need for public vigilance and a modernized armed forces, officials said Wednesday.
Two attackers carrying explosives killed three soldiers, two villagers and themselves and wounded 22 others in a June 28 attack on an army camp in Sulu province’s Indanan town. The Islamic State group said the attackers were its fighters, but local police played down the claim.

The macabre puzzle of piecing together victims at Sri Lanka morgue

While staff have so far returned 115 victims to their relatives, there are still some 50 bags filled with unidentified remains in the morgue’s refrigerated rooms.

Ethiopia crash victims’ DNA samples to be sent for London tests

Ethiopia will send DNA samples taken from the victims of last month’s Boeing Co. 737 Max jet crash for identification tests in London.
The remains of the 157 people who died are currently in a hospital in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopia capital, Musie Yehyies, the spokesman for the transport ministry, said in an interview.

Rapid DNA analysis accelerates testing of US wildfire victims’ remains

Some refer to “Rapid DNA” technology as a magic box. A machine tests DNA samples and produces results in as little as two hours.
It was used with some success at last autumn’s deadly California wildfire. And it’s being employed by more police agencies in the U.S. CGTN’s Hendrik Sybrandy reported from Denver.

Relatives to attend requiem mass for 157 crash victims

Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel will preside over the mass at the Holy Saviour Church.
Ethiopian Authorities are planning the interdenominational service, on the backdrop of lingering questions that remain unanswered.
Further, many of the victims or their families do not profess to the Christian faith while the allowable period for last rites is only 24 hours for Jews and Muslims which is long expired.
Among the pending issues is how to the families will find closure for the remains of their loved ones, and if at all there would be any DNA analysis to identify the tiny body parts recovered so far.

Experts say DNA identification of victims of pipeline blast almost impossible

Recovering DNA from the charred remains of people killed in the petroleum pipeline explosion in Hidalgo last month is almost impossible, genetics experts say.
The death toll from the blast and fire that spread across a field in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan on January 18 has reached 126. Of the 68 people who died at the scene, just 16 have been identified.

Photos And DNA Tests As Indonesians Search For Lost Relatives

CARITA, INDONESIA: Grief-stricken Indonesians queued with photos or waited on DNA tests Wednesday, to find out if their missing loved ones were among bodies being held in a hospital morgue after a devastating tsunami tore families apart.