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Scientists still working to identify 9/11 victims, nearly 13 years later

In this April 15, 2014 photo, Mark Desire, right, assistant director for forensic biology at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, speaks as a criminalist, training in forensic science, prepares sample bone fragments for DNA testing at the training lab, in New York. With new technology yielding results impossible a dozen years ago, forensic scientists are still trying to match the bone with DNA from those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and have never been identified. (AP/Bebeto Matthews)

In this April 15, 2014 photo, Mark Desire, right, assistant director for forensic biology at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, speaks as a criminalist, training in forensic science, prepares sample bone fragments for DNA testing at the training lab, in New York. With new technology yielding results impossible a dozen years ago, forensic scientists are still trying to match the bone with DNA from those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and have never been identified. (AP/Bebeto Matthews)

Almost 13 years after two hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center towers, thousands of vacuum-sealed plastic pouches with bits of bone rest in a laboratory on Manhattan's East Side.

These are the last fragments of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

On Saturday, the nearly 8,000 pouches are to be moved to the new trade center site. They will be kept in a repository 70 feet underground behind the new Sept. 11 museum that opens May 21.

With new technology yielding results impossible a dozen years ago, forensic scientists are still desperately trying to match the bone with DNA from victims who have never been identified. Of the 2,753 people reported missing at the trade center, 1,115 victims have still not been identified through DNA.