Phase 4 - Identification: DNA Testing and Matching
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A DNA laboratory in the USA contracted by CMP performs the genetic analyses on the skeletal samples. These analyses yield in conclusive intraskeletal associations and facilitate the successful identification of missing persons. In order to check for any genealogical relationships, commonly known as kinship analysis, skeletal samples are submitted to the laboratory to create genetic profiles, which are then compared to the genetic profiles of the relatives of the missing persons.
A DNA identification is only considered successful when a match reaches, or exceeds, the statistical threshold of 99.95%.
After receiving a match, the results are sent back to CAL, where CMP’s bi-communal team of geneticists study, interpret and re-confirm the match.
Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot laboratories take samples from relatives of missing persons and perform DNA collection and profiling.