It has been approximately twenty months since 2001s September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and still victims' bodies are in the process of being identified. In matters like this, forensic scientists are forced to "bring out the big guns." Researchers can compare DNA samples from bodies to those taken directly from the victim: from hair, a toothbrush, a family member, and etcetera (Whitfield 6).
As a result of the terrorist attacks, forensic scientists
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for damaged human remains that cannot be identified with the United States government's current protocol for deaths and missing people cases (Gibson P2)
Thanks to DNA evidence/forensic science, 1,484 (out of 2,795 presumably dead) victims have been identified (Whitfield P3). Thousands of families were affected by the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and now DNA fingerprinting is reconnecting many of those family members.