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article imageThe search for Amelia Earhart intensifies

By Gibril Koroma     Feb 23, 2011 in Science
Burnaby - The search for the remains of famous American aviator Amelia Earhart has been reawakened recently by researchers at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.
According to, the researchers plan to use modern DNA and forensic testing technologies to trace the remains of Amelia, who disappeared in a plane over the South Pacific in 1937 while trying to circumnavigate the globe.
Since her disappearance over seventy years ago, nobody has been able to trace her remains but speculations and attempts to find her had never stopped in the minds of scientists and the general public.
One of the scientists working on this project is SFU Archaeology professor Dongya Yang. He and his colleagues will analyze the saliva Amelia used to seal a couple of letters to collect samples of what is known as "genetic markers" or DNA which will in turn to used to test what some people think are Amelia's remains, some bone fragments found in the South Pacific.. This will ultimately lead to the dead woman's true remains through a matching process.
A movie on Amelia Earhart starring Hilary Swank (see video) was released in 2009.
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