NEC Briefcase DNA Analysis System (Image courtesy NEC)
By Andrew Liszewski

Besides what I’ve seen on CSI when it comes to DNA testing I’m no expert. As far as I know a DNA test takes about a day to complete but NEC claims to have reduced that time to only about 25 minutes. They’ve also managed to shrink everything you need for a complete DNA analysis system into a package that’s about the size of a briefcase. That includes all the tools needed for both the extraction of the DNA and the analysis itself.

The device will be shown at the International Symposium on Human Identification in Los Angeles in a few weeks time but is not expected to be released until sometime in 2008. And even then odds are it will only be made available to law enforcement officials. Once it becomes widespread though I’m sure you can pick one up for your own needs.

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