Volume 40, Issue 3 (May 1995)
Forensic DNA Testing on Skeletal Remains from Mass Graves: A Pilot Project in Guatemala
A reliable method for extracting DNA from teeth was developed and successfully applied to a set of 12 skeletons recovered from two 10-year-old Guatemalan mass graves. Attempts to identify the remains by mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing were hampered by low sequence diversity. Our findings demonstrate the feasibility of using DNA typing to identify victims from mass graves.