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Funeral home offers to preserve deceased's DNA

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PORTLAND, Or. (KMOV.com) -- A funeral home in Oregon is offering a new way to memorialize loved ones.

Using DNA, the Portland, Oregon establishment aims to preserve a person's genetic record before they are cremated and buried.

They harvest the DNA by swabbing the cheek of the deceased person. It's then turned binded to a white powder and put into a vial.

"Those that are really do want to have material and confirm their ancestry - potentially look into medical history - get idea about future medical concerns," said Andy Andreason, an employee at the funeral home.

Right now the service costs about $260.  It gives enough material to be tested 10 times.

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