Forensic anthropologist Clyde Snow has spent his life surrounded by victims of violent death. A career with the Federal Aviation Administration taught him to extract causal messages hidden in the wreckage of a commercial airplane.

That knowledge made the 59-year-old Oklahoman an obvious choice when the Argentine government in 1984 contacted the American Association for the Advancement of Science for help in preparing evidence that could bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of some of the 10,000 to 12,000 people who "disappeared" during seven years of military rule.

But Snow's commitment to his. profession goes beyond the months he has spent, as a volunteer, in training a team of forensic scientists in Argentina and, more recently, in the Philippines. It has led to the formation of an international organization, the Committee of Concerned Forensic Scientists and Physicians, that hopes to establish a standard of scientific integrity in a...

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