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The Institute of Legal Medicine (GMI), Medical University of Innsbruck, has started collaboration in an international consortium under the leadership of principle investigator Dr. Katharina Rebay-Salisbury (Austrian Academy of Sciences). The project aims at shedding light on ancient family relations and explore how mothers were valued in prehistoric societies.
Human remains attributed to Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Tsarina Alexandra and his father Tsar Alexander III have recently been unearthed (again) at Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. Apparently, they are subjected to another round of genetic testing, although a series of DNA tests were performed on the remains by internationally renowned laboratories.
Novel DNA technology applied at the Institute of Legal Medicine, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria, yielded successful results in severely damaged Mexican remains.
On September 01, 2015, the Attorney General Office of Mexico handed over 56 pieces of evidence to our laboratory. Order is given to find out, if these samples contain DNA of the missing persons. Results would contribute to ongoing forensic investigations in Mexico.
Nuclear DNA (nDNA) analysis on the human remains of the 43 Mexican students missing resulted in one identification that was reported in December 2014. The remaining 16 specimens did not contain enough intact nDNA to allow for further identifications.
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