Two decades after the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks, there has been a significant development in the ongoing effort to identify victims. Recently, authorities confirmed the identification of the remains of two individuals who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attack. The announcement comes just days before the 22nd anniversary of the hijacked plane assault, and at the request of their families, the names of these victims have been withheld by city officials.
This identification marks a crucial milestone, with New York City’s medical examiner successfully linking remains to a total of 1,649 World Trade Center victims. This painstaking process relies on cutting-edge DNA sequencing techniques, which have evolved over the years to achieve greater sensitivity and faster results. These advancements have enabled the identification of remains that previously tested negative for identifiable DNA.
It’s worth noting that similar technology and efforts are employed by the US military to identify missing service members. Currently, these techniques are being utilized to test body fragments from more than 100 individuals who tragically lost their lives during wildfires in Maui last month.
Despite these recent breakthroughs, there is still much work to be done. More than 1,000 human remains from the September 11, 2001, attacks remain unidentified. These unclaimed remains are currently housed at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, located at the World Trade Center site, serving as a somber reminder of that fateful day in American history.
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