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Case No 5  The Case of The Missing Princess

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The following case is based on historical events taken from fingerprinting--Anastasia

During the 1920s in a German hospital, a young woman suffering from amnesia was given the name Anna Anderson.  Later, when her memory came back, she confessed that she was Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II of Russia who in 1918, along with the rest of his family, was killed by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution.

According to Anna's accounts, she hid precious stones under her garments, which saved her from the enemy's bullets.

Over the years, some people believed her story, while others believed that she was a Polish factory worker named Franziska.  She died in 1984; her true identity remained a mystery.

In 1991, the remains of the Imperial family was found, except for those of Anastasia and her brother, Alexis.  To solve the mystery of Anna's identity, forensic scientists obtained DNA samples from Anna Anderson's intestines, as well as DNA samples from the bone remains of Czarina Alexandra, wife of Czar Nicholas II, and samples from Franziska's maternal grandnephew.  In addition, the scientists obtained DNA samples from Prince Philip of England who is related, on the maternal side, to the Czarina.  The scientists analyzed the samples.  What part of the cell did the DNA samples come from?

bulletThe nucleus
bulletThe mitochondria
bulletCell membrane

Forensic experts compared the result of Anna's test with those of England's Prince Philip, the Czarina, and Franziska's grandnephew.  The scientists concluded that Anna was not Anastasia.  Whose DNA tests do you think matched?

bulletPrince Philip and the Czarina
bulletAnna and Prince Philip
bulletAll DNA tests matched




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