Friday, January 04, 2008

The DNA Shoah Project

We've been seeing genealogic uses for DNA repositories. Using the same strategies for identifying the remains of 9/11 victims, this organization wants to reunite families that were separated during WWII.

Uses for the DNA Database:
* Assist in the identification of Holocaust victims whose remains continue to surface
* Aid in the future identification of mass-graves projects
* Assist global orphan-placement organizations to identify siblings and close relatives separated by World War II
* With signed permission, DNA data can be used to help in genetic disease research
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The DNA Shoah Project is building a genetic database of people who lost family during the Holocaust. This database will help reunite families torn apart during wartime and aid in identifying victims of the Nazi regime who remain buried anonymously throughout Europe.

Today, as European countries expand their infrastructure, the remains of Holocaust victims continue to surface. In many cases, DNA can be readily obtained from victims' bones but, until this project, there has been no means or protocol for their identification.

DNA is the genetic material in our cells that makes us each unique. It may be obtained from living relatives with a gentle swab of the inner cheek. Ideal candidates for this project are pre-war immigrants, survivors, second- and third-generation family members. Participants will become part of the first-ever attempt to build a repository of genetic information for victims of the Holocaust.

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