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An Analysis of the Alleged Skeletal Remains of Carin Göring
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory.
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2012 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 7, no 12, e44366- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In 1991, treasure hunters found skeletal remains in an area close to the destroyed country residence of former Nazi leader Hermann Goring in northeastern Berlin. The remains, which were believed to belong to Carin Goring, who was buried at the site, were examined to determine whether it was possible to make a positive identification. The anthropological analysis showed that the remains come from an adult woman. The DNA analysis of several bone elements showed female sex, and a reference sample from Carin's son revealed mtDNA sequences identical to the remains. The profile has one nucleotide difference from the Cambridge reference sequence ( rCRS), the common variant 263G. A database search resulted in a frequency of this mtDNA sequence of about 10% out of more than 7,000 European haplotypes. The mtDNA sequence found in the ulna, the cranium and the reference sample is, thus, very common among Europeans. Therefore, nuclear DNA analysis was attempted. The remains as well as a sample from Carin's son were successfully analysed for the three nuclear markers TH01, D7S820 and D8S1179. The nuclear DNA analysis of the two samples revealed one shared allele for each of the three markers, supporting a mother and son relationship. This genetic information together with anthropological and historical files provides an additional piece of circumstantial evidence in our efforts to identify the remains of Carin Goring.

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2012. Vol. 7, no 12, e44366- p.
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Historical Osteology; General Criminology; Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-85199DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044366ISI: 000312694300001OAI: diva2:582860
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