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Himachal Pradesh (HP) has become the first Indian state to develop a DNA database for unidentified bodies

Himachal Pradesh has made history by becoming the first Indian state to establish a DNA database specifically for unidentified bodies. This groundbreaking initiative commenced in April 2022, and the database currently contains 150 DNA samples of unknown individuals, according to recent news reports.

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More About The DNA database:

In 2022, the Directorate of Forensics Services in Junga obtained DNA profile databasing and matching technology from the United States called Smallpond TM software at a cost of Rs. 55 lakh. The database is currently being populated and organized and has a capacity of around 20,000 DNA profiles, which can be expanded as needed.

Significance of a DNA database:

The creation of this database is a significant development for families who have been frantically searching for their missing loved ones, endlessly providing photographs and other information in the hopes of discovering their whereabouts. Assistant Director (DNA) at the Directorate of Forensic Services in Junga, Vivek Sahajpal, told the media that the DNA database will be an immense help in such cases, providing crucial details that can aid in identification.

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