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Gene testing centre opened for use

Update: December, 11/2015 - 17:55
Representatives visit a room in the gene testing centre to define the identification of martyrs' remains. — Photo vov.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — A gene testing centre to identify martyrs via their remains was opened for use today in Ha Noi by the Department of Army Medical under the Ministry of National Defence.

Nearly 1.2 million people were martyred in the resistance against the French colonialists and the Americans. More than 900,000 sets of remains were found, but more than 300,000 were not identified. Nearly 200,000 remains need to be traced, but the country lacks information about them.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on January 14, 2013 issued a decision approving the project of defining the remains of the martyrs.

To implement Prime Minister Dung's decision, the Ministry of National Defence upgraded the gene testing centre so that it could define 4,000 samples of remains per year.

The centre has been set up with an investment of more than VND47 billion (US$2.08 million).

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Thanh Cung, Deputy Minister of National Defence, highly appreciated the Department of Army Medical and the Institute of Forensic Medicine for their efforts to complete the upgrade so that the centre could open for use in time at the urging of Prime Minister Dung and the Ministry of National Defence.

Cung asked the Department of Army Medical and the Institute of Forensic Medicine to supervise the centre's work and conduct a technology transfer to discover errors in time and report them to the Ministry of National Defence for improvement.

The department and the institute should work together to meet the centre's demands, he said. — VNS

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