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Recently, California has been plagued with intense wildfires that have taken more than forty lives. Officials are now using advanced DNA technology in order to identify victims of the wildfires. The new technology medical examiners are using is called Rapid DNA which “is a term for portable devices that can identify someone's genetic material in hours, rather than days or weeks and more extensive equipment it can take to test samples in labs.” This technology makes it easier to identify the deceased, and takes significantly less time. In order to use the machine DNA from when the person was alive is needed as well as viable remains, which are sometimes not found in cases of burning. Due to the rarity of having DNA tests, sometimes it is often easier for officials to use medical records such as dental x-rays or history of bone fractures to identify the deceased.

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