For the second day in a row, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland's main newspaper, devoted its first page to coverage of the tracking down and killing of Osama Bin Laden. As I scanned the front page of today's (Tuesday, May 3, 2011) edition, I was attracted to one headline among the list of articles inside: "A DNA Match. Details on page A9." I immediately turned to this article inside the 10 pages of "special coverage" to see what I could learn about DNA testing. There were several facts new to me.
In the balance of this post, I am including most of that article by two Associated Press reporters because of its focus on the use of DNA in confirming the identity of bin Laden. The text below from www.Cleveland.com, the PD's website, differs slightly from the version in the paper. Comments by me are included in square brackets.