FBI eager to embrace mobile ‘Rapid DNA’ testing

Sunday, September 23, 2012
By Paul Martin

New breed of biometrics equipment already in use with government intelligence in secretive agencies

By Ellen Messmer

It’s been the FBI’s dream for years — to do near-instant DNA analysis using mobile equipment in the field — and now “Rapid DNA” gear is finally here.

The idea is that you simply drop into the system a cotton swab with a person’s saliva, for example, and the “Rapid DNA” machine spits out the type of DNA data that’s needed to pin down identity. Now that such equipment exists, the FBI is pushing to get it into the hands of law enforcement agencies as soon as possible. [Also see: “FBI building system that blows away fingerprinting”]

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