Two victims identified in NY from 9/11 attacks

7/01/2010 - 22:18

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two more victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks have been identified through DNA tests of human remains from the World Trade Centre site, the New York City medical examiner's office said on Thursday.

Two women were identified by referencing DNA from the remains with a database of DNA profiles from victims of the attack, said Ellen Borakove, a medical examiner's spokeswoman.

The families requested their names not be released.

More than eight years after two jetliners crashed into the World Trade Centre killing 2,759 people in New York, including the 10 hijackers aboard the planes, 8,976 human remains are still being tested in order to be linked to a victim.

Of the 21,744 remains uncovered since 2001, 59 percent have been identified, corresponding to 1,626 of the 2,749 dead. The victims whose remains were not matched to remains received a death certificate stating they were homicide victims, but the body had not been found.

Remains can be identified through markings such as tattoos, dental X-rays or DNA testing, among other things.

"One by one, the numbers (of identifications) are going up," said Borakove, and thanks to regular improvements in DNA extraction, "we are constantly working to identify the remains."

Since January 2006, 25 victims were matched to remains, while 27 DNA profiles from remains have still not been linked to a known victim.

(Reporting by Basil Katz; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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