Plano PD's New DNA Testing Tool Weeds Out Bad Samples, Cuts Wait Time for Results From Months to Minutes

The Plano Police Department is testing a new tool that's expected to help solve crimes faster and save money on forensic testing. Due to the backlog at crime labs across the country, wait times for DNA results in criminal investigations can be crippling. And there's no guarantee that items sent for testing will return usable DNA profiles. As much as half of all evidence submitted to crime labs yields no DNA at all. "I realized what a travesty it is because it hurts our detectives' ability to solve their cases," said Rick Staub, who heads Plano's crime scene investigation and property/evidence unit.   Continue reading...

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