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Samantha Tippen is pursuing research to help identify fire victims.

Using DNA to Identify Fire Victims

To help identify fire victims from arsons, plane crashes, wildfires, terrorist attacks or genocide, a Master’s graduate from the Department of Forensic Science is investigating the use of teeth to extract DNA.

Samantha Tippen, who graduated with a Master of Science in Forensic Science this spring, returned to the laboratory over the summer to continue her project on incinerated teeth. She hopes to publish several papers on the results of the study that examines the histology and DNA in teeth.

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