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AABB Guidelines for Mass Fatality DNA Identification Operations

This document provides an overview of the different factors involved in conducting DNA identification following a mass fatality. Prepared by a working group of subject matter experts from the AABB Relationship Testing Standards Program Unit with input from other members of relevant disciplines and organizations, it is intended to offer guidance to those who may be involved in planning or implementing such a response, such as decision makers, laboratory managers and scientists. The document may be accessed by clicking here.


Finding Family

This is a video covering the Hurricane Katrina victim identification efforts through the Find Family National Call Center.

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Finding Family (video)


The Use of DNA Profiling to Identify Victims of Mass Fatalities

This training video provides background information on DNA profiling, and how it can be used to identify victims of mass fatalities.

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The Use of DNA Profiling to Identify Victims of Mass Fatalities


Collection of DNA Reference Samples for the Identification of Human Remains

This is a training presentation on the collection of the reference samples used to identify victims of a mass fatality. The presentation covers reported missing cases, types of reference samples, family pedigrees, maintaining sample integrity, and family reference sample collections.

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Collection of DNA Reference Samples for the Identification of Human Remains (presentation)


Collection of DNA Samples from Human Remains

This training video covers sample collection from human remains, including selecting the best sample, techniques for cutting the bone, and instructions for maintaining sample integrity.

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Collection of DNA Samples from Human Remains


Bright Halo Technologies, LLC

Bright Halo Technologies, LLC provides mobile lifelines for everyone. Their unique Overwatch software leverages crisis management techniques into a convenient smartphone app. Overwatch increases the reach and ability to provide safety and civil support to those who need it most.

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Learn More About Bright Halo and Overwatch Software


Establishing Science and Human Rights Partnerships

SNA International participated in the development of the American Association of the Advancement of Science’s Guidelines for Scientists and Human Rights Organizations. This document serves as a guide for establishing science and human rights partnerships.

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Read the Guidelines for Scientists and Human Rights Organizations