New Method For Processing Rape Evidence Could Eliminate Crime-lab Backlogs

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 08:28 in Health & Medicine

Approximately 250,000 items of sexual assault evidence are mired in three- to 12-month backlogs awaiting analysis in US forensic laboratories. A forensic chemist has now developed a method for handling rape evidence that reduces part of the DNA analysis time from 24 hours to as little as 30 to 45 minutes and improves the sperm cell recovery rate by 100 percent.

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