Over the past 26 years of my career as a forensic scientist, I have seen science evolve and advance at a lightning speed. The pace at which these new technologies are entering the marketplace and the unprecedented help they provide law enforcement has been instrumental in serving the justice system. However, in some instances, the science has outpaced laws that determine which tools should or should not be used, leaving good technology idle. Rapid DNA is one of those technologies.
Fortunately, Utah's labs are state of the art and are ready for these new technologies. As far back as 1994, I testified in front of the Utah Legislature, encouraging them to adopt the new CODIS system, which they wisely did. I find myself again in a position of needing to inform our national leaders about a new tool that is available to solve criminal cases across the country the Rapid DNA instrument.
These instruments were developed to assist with processing DNA in Iraq and Afghanistan and proved successful to the troops in their mission to identify potential terrorists. As with many efforts at the Department of Defense, the technology can be transitioned to law enforcement and has the potential to be an exceptional investigative tool.