17:55 04.11.2015

DNA analysis of A321 crash victims' remains started in Moscow – Health Ministry

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DNA analysis of A321 crash victims' remains started in Moscow – Health Ministry

DNA analyses have been started in Moscow to help identify the remains of the victims of the Airbus A321 crash in Egypt, Russian Deputy Health Minister Igor Agramanian said.

"The DNA analysis of samples of the victims' genetic relatives has been started in Moscow to further carry out comparative analysis," Agramanian said at a meeting of a working group dealing with the plane crash.

The tests are being conducted at the All-Russia Forensic Medical Analysis Center, Agramanian said. "The Forensic Medical Analysis Center's staff has started this work. Teams of experts have been fully staffed, and they have all the necessary materials and chemicals for this job," he said.

Before the analysis was started, the victims' remains brought from Egypt by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry planes had undergone forensic medical studies, and the necessary biological samples were taken from them, Agramanian said.

Simultaneously, biological samples had been taken from victims' relatives, he said.

Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov asked for the work with the relatives to be completed as soon as possible, so as to have all the necessary materials for identifying the victims.

"I am asking you to report to me about the identification process every hour," he said.

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