HUMAN ID & FORENSICS
Bringing closure to families
More than 900 victims of the 2004 Thailand tsunami have been identified through the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). Among them are Linda, her father and her daughter Mira – finally giving Linda’s mother Ingrid Gunmundsson the closure she was looking for.
"You can’t cure anything, but it can help alleviate some of the fundamental causes of ongoing trauma."
ICMP was created at the 1996 G-7 Summit to address the issue of persons missing as a consequence of the conflicts in the Western Balkans. Its specialized DNA laboratory provides a global resource for high-throughput standing capacity in DNA testing and family matching of missing persons from any context. For more information visit icmp.com
The civil war in Syria has cost an estimated 500,000 lives. Muhanad Abdul Husn, an engineer from Syria, is working with the ICMP to research the social context of genocide. He himself does not know the fate of friends, colleagues and relatives, and wants to help the families of more than 100,000 persons registered as "missing" in Syria.
Changing the game in the field of human ID – the new GeneReader testing panel
Dr. Thomas Parsons, Director of the ICMP laboratory, The Hague / Netherlands
ICMP and QIAGEN announced the joint development of the world’s first NGS-based test specifically for the identification of missing persons, running on the GeneReader NGS System.
ICMP opened its new headquarters in The Hague, including a brand new laboratory equipped with the GeneReader workflow.
First results from the new ICMP GeneReader Missing Persons workflow show that the panel enables an unmatched level of discrimination, allowing DNA human identifications from several victims of the Balkans conflict.
"With NGS we are able to make an identification with even a single relative as far distant as first cousin."