DNA in a NY Minute

04 Jun

DNA Analyzer


Writers often send me questions about DNA, and most include something about the turn around time for DNA analysis. Ten years ago the answer was weeks, five years ago hours, and now it seems only minutes are required.

Engineers at the University of Washington and scientists at NanoFracture, a company in Bellevue, WA, have developed a DNA extractor that uses electrodes and not spinning centrifuges to perform the critical and time-consuming step of removing DNA from any body fluid. And it does so in only a couple of minutes. Then on to a sequencer and before you know it you have a DNA profile.

Though not commercially available yet, this technology exists and it will be interesting to see how it progresses. Of course, it’s fiction-ready right now.


Posted by on June 4, 2013 in DNA, High Tech Forensics


6 responses to “DNA in a NY Minute

  1. Meghan O'Connor

    June 4, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Don’t forget that the US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that cops can take DNA samples from anyone they arrest, whether convicted or not.


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      June 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      As they should have. DNA profiling is just another method of ID and is really no different than a mug shot or fingerprints.


  2. Marni Graff

    June 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Thanks for this cutting edge news!


  3. Cheryl B. Dale

    June 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for informing us!


  4. Pat Marinelli

    June 5, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Wow, can’t wait to see how long it takes for this to be available.


  5. Monica T. Rodriguez

    June 5, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Awesome! If it exists, that’s a go-ahead in my book! It will find it’s way into fiction soon enough.



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