SHSU Researchers Hope to Unmask DNA from IED’s

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SHSU Researchers Hope to Unmask DNA from IED’s

Published on May 17, 2017 by Larry Crippen

Researchers at Sam Houston State University hope to unmask manufacturers of homemade explosives using new advancements in DNA technology.

In a study published in “Forensic Science International: Genetics,” a team of graduate students and faculty from the Department of Forensic Science investigated several methods to recover and analyze DNA from improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, to help thwart terrorist efforts. The study examines a new method to optimize the recovery of DNA from detonated pipe bombs.

According to data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, IED’s accounted for 24 percent of all bombings reported in the U.S. in 2014. These devices also were responsible for 75 percent of all reported bombing deaths and 100 percent of all reported law enforcement injuries.

Researchers at SHSU hope that the results from this study can eventually be implemented to help identify bomb-makers and prevent future attacks on innocent people.

Associate professor Bobby LaRue, master’s graduate Charity Beherec, associate professor David Gangitano and assistant professor Sheree Hughes-Stamm authored the study.

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