Scientists at Tel Aviv University have found DNA from the missing Israeli boy whose body was found in the occupied West Bank last month.
The finding was published in the latest issue of the journal Science Communications, the first of its kind to examine the human genome of an abducted child.
“I can’t tell you the number of times I have felt a tear in my eye because I thought, ‘It’s not happening anymore,'” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Avraham Erez.
“My wife and I were so afraid, but we knew this was not a dream.”
The discovery has long been a mystery, but scientists say it was a direct result of the work of Israeli forensic geneticist Dr. Yosef Shalom, who identified the boy’s DNA as belonging to a 9-month-old boy from the West Bank village of Burin.
Shalom, an expert in DNA and a professor at Tel Hashomer University in the West Jerusalem, was instrumental in discovering the boy and the DNA from his body, but only in 2014.
Since then, he has continued to conduct research on the child’s DNA.
He has published dozens of studies and published papers on the genetic makeup of humans, but this is the first time his work has been examined as a whole.
The research is based on DNA from samples taken from the boy during his autopsy and his relatives’ DNA.
The results are similar to those obtained from other missing children, but Erez said they are not conclusive.
He said that if the researchers had had access to more information about the child, such as where he was abducted and what happened to him, they would have been able to better understand what was going on.
“We would have found the clues,” he said.
“When you look at a child, your brain goes through the process of recognizing things, but DNA can tell you everything that is going on in a person’s DNA.”
Erez is also the director of the Tel Hashomers Institute for Forensic Genetics, which is part of the Israel Science Center, which houses the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Department of Medical Genetics.
He hopes to conduct a more comprehensive study on the boy in the future.
“The main thing we want to know is how many of these people are there,” Erez told The Associated Press.
“This is a very important piece of information.”
The child’s mother, who had never spoken to him before, had been detained for a week before her abduction.
Her parents had been traveling to Jordan, but she was not allowed to see them.
“She was not in her usual place, she was in a different room than the others,” Erazi said.
The boy was found with his head in a plastic bag in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.
Police were not able to search his body.
Police say that a DNA sample collected from the bag contained the boy as well as DNA from several other people who were missing from their homes.
They also recovered his father’s DNA, and the results were confirmed by genetic tests.
Erez said that the DNA of a missing Israeli child is not unique.
“You have a similar thing with DNA from people that you know,” he added.
“It’s like your DNA is not just from your parents.”