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GHEP MPI/DVI Exercise 2 (2017)


Continuing with the GHEP interest in the collaborative exercises of missing person identification (MPI) and mass disaster victim identification (DVI), a new exercise has been proposed.

In the present exercise an air crash has been simulated, which involves a known list of victims. In order to avoid an excessive level of data analysis for participants and organizers, an incident involving less than 100 victims has been simulated.

The incident considers the presence of related victims as an additional complexity, a common situation in this type of disasters. Likewise, the simulated crash imposes the need for re-association of fragmented remains.

Apart from aSTR profiles, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) profiles (control region=CR) are reported as an additional genetic marker for victims identification.


Participants will receive the following documentation:

- Case description

- Excel file containing DNA data (aSTRs and mtDNA) from both human remains and relatives of missing persons (as well as the type of relationship with the victim) and the table of allele frequencies.

- Template form for results and questionnaire.


Participants must be members of GHEP-ISFG and, only two co-authors per result and per laboratory will be allowed in case there is a scientific publication of the results.

Organizer and contact person

Carlos Vullo. Laboratorio de ADN del Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense (EAAF)

If you are interested in participating in this exercise please contact Carlos Vullo ( before March 10, 2017

Deadline for sending your results: May 10, 2017 

 Many thanks!