Kinship Study - Call For Participants

Your Family's DNA Could Help Develop a New Method
to Identify Fallen Soldiers and Unidentified Crime Victims

Information contained within DNA can be used to accurately predict the relatedness between the sources of any two DNA samples, out to and possibly beyond six degrees of relatedness. It can also be used to predict physical traits of a DNA source, specifically, heritable traits such as eye, skin and hair color, which parents pass on to their children. These prediction capabilities are important for matching the remains of fallen soldiers with family DNA reference samples, and, more generally, identifying unidentified remains.

We are looking for extended families (5 to 10 members per family) to enroll in a genetics study to help improve methods for both types of predictions from DNA samples. If you and your family members choose to participate, you will be asked to provide DNA via a mouth swab and answer questions about your family tree. Some participants will be asked to take a survey about ancestry and outwardly visible phenotypic traits.

NOTE: Registration for this study is currently closed. If you would be interested in signing up for future studies, please fill out the enrollment form below and we will be happy to contact you as new scientific opportunities become available.

If you and your extended family members are interested in helping advance science in this field, please fill out the form below, or you may call us at +1 (703) 689-9689 ext. 251 or send an email to

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