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New DNA Probe into Amelia Earhart

One of the world's greatest mysteries is on the brink of being solved as two teams of scientists search for the remains of 1930s pilot Amelia Earhart. Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, quite literally fell off the radar July 2, 1937 in an attempt to fly around the world—their whereabouts unknown. Next May, two DNA labs in Ontario are launching a $500,000 expedition to an island about 1,800 miles south of Hawaii that is believed to be the site of Lady Lindy's plane crash-early 20th-century makeup and broken glass were found there in 2007 but were contaminated before they could be tested for DNA. The evidence collected so far is inconclusive, but the teams of scientists, led by American Richard Gillespie, remain optimistic: in 1940, an administrator from the island nation of Kiribati discovered bones and a campsite that could have been proven to be Earhart's were they not later lost.

July 30, 2009 10:32 AM