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Bosnian-Based Lab To Help ID Katrina Victims

Mass grave in Bosnia (file photo) (AFP) 29 December 2005 -- A Bosnian-based laboratory originally set up to identify people missing from wars in the former Yugoslavia says it is to help identify victims of Hurricane Katrina.

A spokeswoman said the International Commission on Missing Persons will obtain DNA profiles by testing several hundred bone samples.

Authorities in Louisiana, the U.S. state worst-hit by the hurricane, will then match the DNA to family members of the missing.

The hurricane swept across the southeastern United States in August, leaving more than 1,000 people dead and an unknown number of others missing.


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