B.C. scientist hopes to extract aviator Amelia Earhart’s DNA from her letters

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More than seven decades after aviator Amelia Earhart disappeared while attempting her ill-fated flight around the world, a British Columbia scientist hopes to extract DNA from letters she wrote to loved ones.

Dongya Yang of Simon Fraser University is aiming to harvest Earhart’s DNA from dried saliva on two envelopes she is believed to have sealed before posting letters from her various travels.

The forensic archeologist is trying to create a genetic profile that could be used to test whether bone fragments recently found on a South Pacific island are those of the famous aviator.

The fragments were found several hundred kilometres from where Earhart is believed to have disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.

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