DNA Screening Lab

A new DNA screening lab, intended to speed up investigations and increase efficiency of evidence processing, recently opened in Boca Raton.

In one room, forensic technicians will shine ultraviolet lights on crime-scene evidence to spot traces of DNA. In another room, they'll stain fabrics with chemicals to locate blood, saliva and semen.

The new 1,800-square-foot Biological Processing Lab in Boca Raton will screen DNA evidence from crime scenes in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. It's the first time in the United States a group of cities has partnered to open a lab of this kind, police said.

The lab, which opens Monday, will test evidence before sending it to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, whose lab west of west Palm Beach is swamped with requests for DNA testing. The plan is to cut the turnaround time — often 12 months — to less than six months, officials said.

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Source: Alexia Campbell, Sun Sentinel

 
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