‘Rapid DNA’ testing could revolutionize rape investigations ─ if the science holds up

Image result for hmm emojiA new “rapid DNA” instrument is marketed as a way to identify suspected rapists in hours, while victims are still being treated at the hospital. If the technology works, it could revolutionize the way rapes are investigated in America, where hundreds of thousands of sexual assault kits remain untested.

But some critics caution that the technique is still new and may not deliver the clear results that its manufacturer claims. “This blunt-force instrument that is designed to get results fast, especially with sexual assaults, is problematic,” said Terri Rosenblatt of the Legal Aid Society in New York.

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