Oklahoma is the first, but won’t be the last, state to team with the University of North Texas and it’s famous human identification unit to bring the dead home to their families.
The UNT’s famous human identification project, which claims some of the top DNA experts in the country including Dr. Arthur Eisenberg, and its foundation recently kicked off its latest project. First launched in Oklahoma, the project’s goal is to collect DNA from sets of human remains buried and stored by officials in the state to cross-match against relatives of the missing. They will also step up efforts to obtain DNA from those families.
UNT’s database includes both families and remains from all regions in the US. It is hoped that by putting new DNA collected from remains into the system, some of the more than 40,000 unidentified dead can be identified and finally brought home.