Reducing Backlogs vs. Increasing Speed

Is the effort to reduce the backlog of unanalyzed DNA evidence slowing the development and validation of rapid DNA technology?


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A recent article on Nextgov.com explained that approximately 71% of DNA funding available from the National Institute of Justice in 2011 went toward the DNA Backlog Reduction Program, and 11% went toward research and development.

"According to rapid DNA evangelists, Justice has pushed research and development as far as fiscally possible, but backlog expenses are consuming science funding that could provide hard leads earlier in investigations," writes Aliya Sternstein in the Nextgov.com article.

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