China's medical experts to ID bodies from NZ earthquake

11:18, March 03, 2011      

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The Chinese expert team of five forensic medical experts and DNA technology experts set out for Christchurch on the afternoon of Feb. 22, following a request from New Zealand police for help identifying remains of victims of the Christchurch earthquake.

The team members rose above all other candidates in the national Ministry of Public Security selection because of their rich practical experiences. Two of them, Min Jian Xiong and Chen Song, who are specially invited experts at criminal investigation, have participated in body identifications for the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake and 2010 Haiti earthquake.

DNA would be the preferable way to identify bodies this time, said Min, who is also the team leader. He analyzed the local weather, the time elapsed since the earthquake, and the limited use of large communication equipments and the according difficulties and therefore reached the conclusion.

By Li Yancheng, People's Daily Online


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