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Orchid Wins $2.7M Forensic DNA Testing Contract from LAPD

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (GenomeWeb News) - Orchid Cellmark, a unit of Princeton, NJ-based Orchid BioSciences, has won a contract to conduct forensic DNA analyses for the Los Angeles Police Department, the company said today.

 

Under the three-year, $2.7 million contract, Orchid will test DNA from new as well as backlogged cases.

 

Orchid Cellmark has conducted DNA analyses for the LAPD and the Los Angeles District Attorney for 15 years. It provides similar services to hundreds of US police departments and criminal justice agencies, according to the company.

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