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Investigative genetic genealogy for unidentified human remains cases in Oregon

NCJ Number
Forensic Science International Genetics Supplement Series Volume: 8 Dated: 2022 Pages: 336-337
Date Published
2 pages

This publication discusses the use of genetic genealogy to try to identify human remains.


In 2018, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office (OSME) received a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to use investigative genetic genealogy (IGG) with Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon) to attempt to make identifications in their unidentified human remains cases. Samples were screened for DNA quantity and quality, and selected samples were sent for genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) generation. This multi-year collaboration has been extraordinarily successful: of 43 cases submitted, 39 cases have been investigated using IGG, and 30 have resulted in an identification so far. (Published Abstract Provided)

Date Published: January 1, 2022