Phase III - Genetic Phase

Genetic testing and matching

The DNA Laboratory of Bode Cellmark Forensics (Virginia, USA) has been contracted by the CMP to carry out genetic analyses and bone profiling for the purposes of identification and association of skeletal elements.  

Samples are submitted to the DNA Laboratory where genetic profiles are produced and compared with the genetic profiles of the relatives of missing on a Family Relatives Samples Database. There is a match when bone and blood samples reach a threshold equal or superior to 99.95 per cent.  Results are then sent back to the CAL where a bi-communal team of geneticists interprets and confirms the results.

The collection of blood samples from relatives of the Turkish Cypriot missing persons and DNA extraction and profiling is carried out by the Turkish Cypriot DNA Laboratory (Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu Hospital), while the DNA extraction and profiling of the relatives of the Greek Cypriot missing persons is carried out by the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING).