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a free program at the Main Library
Posted Date: 6/17/2014

DNA testing and its benefits to historians is the subject of a free program hosted by the Grand Prairie Main Library. On Tuesday, June 24 at 7:30 pm, Dr. Rhonda Roby will present "The Past Unwoven: How DNA Testing Has Changed How We View History."

Learn how modern DNA testing has expanded our knowledge of people and events as far back as Thomas Jefferson, and Dr. Roby’s recent work in identifying victims of political violence. Dr. Roby, Associate Professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics, teaches and conducts research at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

She has contributed to the Department of Defense's efforts to use DNA sequencing to identify the human remains of missing servicemen and servicewomen in Southeast Asia, Korean War, and World War II. Additionally, she worked on the identifications of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, the identification of numerous victims in airline disasters, and the identification of Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov family. Dr. Roby was the Chief DNA Analyst for the identification of the victims from the airline disaster carrying Secretary Ron Brown and colleagues.

This program is part of "Literary Elements", an adult summer reading program. Participants of this program earn the chance to win a Kindle Fire. A grand prize winner will be drawn for each of the three libraries at the end of the summer.

For more information call 972-237-5700 or visit The Grand Prairie Main Library is located at 901 Conover Drive.