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When DNA is not available, can we still identify people? Recommendations for best practice.
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PMID:  18471196     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recommendations of best practice to conduct identifications in settings with large numbers of victims and technological limitations are provided, based on a sample of 116 cases in which positive presumptive identifications were generated using "traditional" techniques, and were later corroborated through DNA testing. Traditional techniques generally consist of combining witness testimony, personal effects and clothing, anthropological and dental data to corroborate or to exclude the identity of an individual. Experts participating in traditional identifications must develop emic categories to transform objective physical features into recognizable categories by the family, or to do very the opposite-to develop an ethic system by which the expert translates the cues given by a family member into objective categories that are usable in standard forensic and legal contexts.
Jose Pablo Baraybar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-12     Completed Date:  2008-07-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  533-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF), Av. A. Mello Franco # 341, Lima 11, Peru, South America.
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MeSH Terms
Body Height
DNA Fingerprinting
Data Collection / methods
Dental Records
Forensic Anthropology / methods*
Forensic Dentistry
War Crimes

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