Law enforcement officials in Kentucky are testing out ANDE's rapid DNA analyzer and so far praise its quick turnaround, CNBC reports.
Rapid DNA testing, it notes, is a quickly expanding field, fueled in part by a 2010 US Federal Bureau of Investigation program to develop the technology and by the 2017 Rapid DNA Act, which enables the FBI to develop standard and procedures for the use of rapid DNA testing. The FBI's Thomas Callaghan tells CNBC that it hopes to finish that work this year.
In their piloting of ANDE's technology in sexual assault cases, Kentucky officials tell CNBC that though the rapid DNA testing approach is more expensive and need large DNA samples than conventional DNA testing, it has been a success. "No longer are we faced with six month, nine month, 12, 18-month delays on processing an assault kit, just to come up with a potential suspect," Kentucky State Trooper Billy Gregory tells it. "Now we have technology in front of us that literally produces that within 90 minutes and that turnaround time for us is within 5 days."