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Scientists Seek 'Spitting Image' of Earhart's DNA

Amelia Earhart

February 24, 2011 — Last December EAA reported that a bone fragment found in 2009 on the remote Pacific atoll Nikumaroro was to undergo DNA testing to see if it belonged to long-lost aviatrix Amelia Earhart. But first scientists need Amelia’s genetic profile to compare to the fragment. They will reportedly attempt to create Earhart’s profile using her saliva taken from envelopes she’s likely to have sealed, then compare to determine if the bone fragment is hers.

Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared in July 1937 over the central Pacific Ocean while attempting a circumnavigation flight in Earhart’s Lockheed 10 Electra, creating aviation’s greatest unsolved mystery.

Researchers will analyze four letters to family members thought highly likely to have been written and sealed by Earhart herself. To ensure that the DNA from the letters is Earhart’s, researchers will compare it to profiles obtained from her living relatives and also DNA extracted from another letter written by her sister. If all goes well, Earhart’s genetic profile could be obtained in a couple months. Read more on the National Geographic website.

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