15:15 - 16:00

The desire to identify as many as possible from those 250 recovered in 2010 from the battle of Fromelles in 1916 has resulted in a large database of profiles. The process has to date allowed 144 individuals to be named with work ongoing on the remaining. I will describe the process of identification, the matching of diverse data sets, the stability of the Y-STR and mitochondrial markers as well as some of the logistical aspects of the projects that involved producing 1500 family trees with more than 3000 individuals mapped.

Dr Peter Jones

Peter Jones is an independent biotechnology consultant to a variety of biotechnology companies globally. He has a BSc and MSc from University of St Andrews and a PhD whilst working at the LMB, Cambridge. His PhD was part of the foundations of the Human Genome Programme. He moved into commercial biotechnology having developed new methods for the purification of DNA from difficult and forensic samples. This led onto work on ancient DNA, as well as stints in IP and business development. For the past six years he has worked on the Fromelles project overseeing the genetics and identification process.