DNA Identification Facts

  • UNT Center for Human Identification has assisted in the identification of almost 890 missing person cases: 215 "cold" hits and 673 "warm" hits.
  • It is estimated that state remains of more than 14,000 missing persons are unidentified.
  • DNA reference samples from the missing person or members of the missing person's family are necessary to identify remains.
  • UNT Center for Human Identification conducts all missing persons DNA analysis for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help identify remains of children who have been reported missing
  • Proper handling of DNA samples is imperative in maintaining its integrity, both for identification and prosecution purposes.
  • UNT Center for Human Identification is the only academic center approved to upload genetic data for unidentified remains and family references into CODIS.
  • Cases in which UNT Center for Human Identification assisted in making identifications of missing persons have been featured in local newspapers across the U.S. and Canada as well as national publications.
  • UNT Center for Human Identification is led by DNA identity pioneer Arthur Eisenberg, PhD, and Bruce Budowle, PhD.
  • The Center for Human Identification was featured in The 'CSI' Experience, an educational exhibit based on the popular CBS series and included the stars of the CSI shows. The exhibit opened at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and is on a nationwide tour of science museums for until 2014.
  • Law enforcement entities from across the nation have sent unidentified human remains and family reference samples to UNT Center for Human Identification for inclusion into CODIS.
  • The UNT Center for Human Identification has helped solve missing person cases in 44 states.
This page last updated 13th Sep 2013