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Orchid Wins Houston Police Dept. DNA Testing Contract

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (GenomeWeb News) - Orchid BioSciences' Cellmark unit will conduct DNA analysis for the Houston Police Department under a three-year contract, the company said today.


Orchid won the contract in a competitive bid process following the closure of the Houston Police Department's own DNA analysis unit, which "failed to maintain certain standards needed to ensure the accuracy of its DNA testing," according to a statement from Orchid.


Orchid will conduct forensic DNA analysis for new cases as well as retesting for prior cases.


The contract is potentially renewable for an additional two years. Further details of the agreement were not disclosed.