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How Forensic Biology aided to identify Saddam Hussein?

Saddam Hussein – Forensic biology

One of the missions of United States military service during the Iraq war in March 2003 was to capture and kill “Saddam Hussein” who was the dictator of Iraq who threatens the world by using his power.

Saddam was known to have ‘stunt doubles’ to protect his life. After capturing him genetic testing was essential to identify him. This was performed using STR (short tandem repeats) loci.

Saddam’s sons Uday and Qusay were killed in Iraq, July 2003. DNA samples from both sons were collected soon after they were killed in to identify their father if he was located.

Saddam Hussien was captured in Iraq, his hair and blood samples were taken to Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL).

Thirteen autosomal STR alleles along with Y STR alleles were also genotyped to identify the person in question along with the reference samples (his sons).

The reference samples and the question sample shared most of the alleles. Y STR alleles were the same which confirms he is from the same paternal lineage.

The words of Paul Bremer, the US Governor that we have got him at a press conference was based on the genetic testing that was performed in AFDIL Laboratory. Saddam’s capture was a relief to people who feared his reemergence.



Information Source

Fundamentals of Forensic DNA Typing by John. M. Butler

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