11 May 15
Arizona state lab is the first NDIS Lab to upload DNA Profiles to National Database Using Rapid DNA
IntegenX Inc. announced today that the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Crime Laboratory is using RapidHIT rapid DNA technology to test DNA from qualifying arrestees for upload to the national DNA database. This capability streamlines the current process of DNA profile hit-matching against crime scene evidence, to keep communities safer and exonerate innocent suspects. Samples taken from the arrestees were analyzed using the RapidHIT system, which generated a full DNA profile in under two hours that was subsequently uploaded to the National DNA Index System (NDIS). NDIS is the highest level of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which is managed by the FBI and enables the exchange and comparison of forensic DNA evidence from violent crime investigations across the US.
"This expanded application of Rapid DNA testing could play a key role in reducing the backlog of DNA testing in our country", stated Robert Schueren, President and CEO of IntegenX, manufacturer of the RapidHIT System. "Testing suspects at the time of arrest, akin to fingerprinting, provides timely information so law enforcement can take action on an investigation quickly. It also can relieve some of the routine testing burden on state forensic laboratories, allowing them to focus on more challenging samples such as rape kits. We’re proud to be a part of such a key milestone"