“Point of Action” rapid DNA presents major lack of safeguards

These decidedly un-literary PR pieces from DNA companies boggle the mind regarding what they don’t say about reliability safeguards during the use of their “printer sized” machines located at the aptly named CSI style ” point of action.”

Maybe they aren’t interested in telling the entire story about the ample concerns regarding how sloppy working environments, under-trained techs, and over zealous interference from law enforcement can do to mess things up.

The classic case is the perp and the unknown evidence both being processed by the same people at the same time, with the same equipment while at the “point of action.”

I would like its supporters in Texas to take some effort to elaborate all of us on those topics. One supporter is:

“As one of the investigator sites for the RapidHIT ID, we are excited about this new instrument format and its facile and expeditious capabilities for generating a DNA profile,” said Bruce Budowle, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Genetics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). “The DNA profiles generated with the RapidHIT ID were comparable with those generated with the standard current laboratory-based platform.”

The article from IntengenX

 

 

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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