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An end to traditional crime dramas? New DNA technology could reveal who committed a crime in less than an HOUR

June 21, 2011 1 comment

Suspects could be identified within minutes of committing a crime thanks to new technology developed by forensics experts.

The portable, high-speed equipment uses specially developed rapid profiling techniques to identify DNA from blood or tissue samples at the scene of a crime in a matter of minutes.

Currently, DNA samples have to be carefully lifted from any crime scene and transferred to a laboratory. The National DNA Database can then take several days to match a sample with a suspect.

No time for a getaway: The new technique means suspects could be identified within minutes (Posed by model)No time for a getaway: The new technique means suspects could be identified within minutes (Posed by model)

LGC Forensics, which has developed the speeded-up technique, said it will give detectives a vital head start in their hunt for criminals.

Company managing director Dr Steve Allen told the Daily Telegraph: ‘Within 60 minutes of taking a sample it can produce a profile which can be transmitted to Read more…