Latest updates reveal that the remains of a victim of the 9/11 attack have been identified. According to reports, the remains of a 9/11 victim has been identified after 16 years of the terror attack. This is the first identification since the last one in March 2015. The airliner attacks popularly referred to as the 9/11 killed a sum total of almost 3,000 people at the Pentagon in New York, and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
According to a recent report by The Guardian, this achievement has been made possible by a more sensitive DNA technology that is used to tests bone fragments. Now, after two years the new technology has made it possible to make another identification. It is reported that a statement from the New York City medical examiner’s office stated that based on a request made by the family of the identified victim, his name was withheld.
As already stated above, the recent identification is the first since March 2015 and the process is still ongoing. It is reported by USNews that the medical examiner’s office utilizes both DNA testing and several other means to match bone fragments to the 2,753 people who lost their lives by the acts of hijackers who crashed airplanes into the twin towers on September 11, 2001.
The report also states that the remains of up to 40% of individuals who lost their lives in the attack are still unidentified, as only the remains of 1,641 persons have been identified so far. The new DNA technology used to test bone fragments was reportedly deployed earlier this year. It has made the new identification possible, after several initial testing yielded no result, according to the examiner’s office on Monday.
It is reported that with the advancement of DNA testing technology, staff’s at the medical examiner’s office have not relented in their attempt to link more than 21,900 pieces of remains to victims. Although the body of some victims was recovered full after the incident, the effects of bacteria, heat, and chemicals after the towers were burnt down has made it impossible to identify the remains.
Other reports state that the process of identification at the medical examiner’s office came to involve pulverizing the bone fragments to extract DNA and comparing it to a collection of genetic material obtained from victims and their relatives. However, it is reported that most of the DNA profiles generated belong to victims that have already been identified. In other circumstances, the scientists will have to return to the same bone fragment severally to check if a new technology will provide answers.