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Arizona DPS Testing 'Rapid DNA' Tech

August 26, 2013  | 

Screenshot via Fox News.
Screenshot via Fox News.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety has begun testing "rapid DNA" technology that delivers a DNA profile in less than two hours, reports Fox News.

The state's DPS crime lab has been testing the Integenx Rapidhit 200 system that debuted at the 2012 IACP Conference. The agency hopes to begin using it on actual cases in early 2014.

Analyzing DNA evidence can take weeks, if not months, and create an evidence backlog. Several law enforcement vendors have begun offering rapid DNA services and equipment that can return results for time-sensitive cases in less than two hours.

The agency plans to use the technology primarily in sexual assault cases to help identify or rule out suspects who are arrested or questioned during an initial search for the perpatrator, the crime lab's superintendent told Fox.

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Ima Leprechaun @ 8/27/2013 6:26 PM

DNA is a tool like any other. I am sure Arizona DPS has no hidden agenda here. My worry about DNA is soon everyone will be logged into a DNA profile data base from birth. DNA can be left at the scene of a crime in completely innocent ways. The pest control spray guy or even a police officer taking a report at that home will have hair fall from his or her head and lay dormant for years at that location. Picked up years or perhaps decades later that hair would produce DNA of the owner. Questioned, the hair owner who enters thousands of homes a year may not remember even having been in that house and would easily deny being there so now you have a dilemma. You have absolute proof she/he was there, but he/she has no memory of being there and he/she is convited of a crime they may never have had anything to do with, this is the problem I see with DNA. It's a tool and it is part of a criminal investigation package but it should never be the only evidence for a conviction. We all know that it is becoming the holy grail of evidence.

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