Medical Museum Science Cafe: Exploring Emerging DNA Technologies in Identifying Historic Human Remains

A 1990s excavation of a grave in an 18-19th century cemetery revealed the remains of a 50-55 year old male. The skeleton had been disturbed and the skull and femur bones were placed in a "skull and cross bones" orientation sometime after decomposition was complete. "JB-55" was spelled out on the coffin lid with brass tacks. Join DNA scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System to learn how the decades-old historical archaeology case of "JB-55" has been solved using next-generation DNA technology and profiles from genealogical DNA databases. This event is free! For more information contact us at 301-319-3303 or visit our website at 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

National Museum of Health and Medicine
2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Event Type

Educational, History & Heritage


18+, Young Adult


Educational, History



Weekend Event



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