FBI approves new DNA database system to speed up investigations
The FBI has approved a new DNA database system that will speed up the process of matching various DNA samples with identities.
Law enforcement reservation stations will use the new Thermo Fisher Scientific database to automatically download and process DNA samples from eligible suspects within 90 minutes, according to a press release.
“Rapid DNA analysis at the time of booking is a powerful investigative tool that can quickly and safely link arrested individuals to other serious crimes, providing significant public safety benefits,” Joanie Brocato, former head of DNA at the Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory and the current head of the department of the clinical laboratory science program at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, said in a statement Thursday.
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The unique DNA database system can also help exonerate innocent people, Thermo Fisher said in the press release.
“Processing and DNA testing, while the suspect is in custody, dramatically reduces the time to identify or eliminate a potential suspect and decrease the risk of recurrence or flight,” Brocato continued. “It also helps to further fill the gap on missed arrest collections that are occurring today.”
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He added that the FBI’s approval of the system “demonstrates that rapid DNA at a reservation station can be used responsibly, in a way that maintains the quality and integrity of the combined DNA index system. (CODIS), while helping the police to speed up the identification of potential perpetrators. “
Thermo Fisher Scientific shares fell about 2% on Thursday after strong trading on Wednesday.
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Thermo Fisher has previously been criticized for selling DNA database material to China’s Xinjiang region, where Muslim minorities have faced ethnic cleansing and other forms of abuse and discrimination, including strong surveillance, by the Chinese Communist Party.
The company has said it will stop selling its equipment to China, but government documents obtained by the New York Times in June show their products continue to arrive in the country.