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Tag: DNA processing

FBI Reduces Backlog of Forensic DNA Tests

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Forensic DNA tests are notoriously backlogged.

But an increase in staffing and the use of automated technology have contributed to reduce the FBI lab’s backlog by 87% from 2010 to March of this year, the Associated Press reports.

The lab and timely tests are incredibly important because DNA evidence taken from crime scenes can make or break a case.

Most reductions came in the nuclear DNA Unit, which analyzes blood, fluids and semen, according to the AP. Also experiencing a reduction in caseloads was the mitochondrial DNA Unit, which examines bones, teeth and hair fragments.