FBI praises proposed law that allows use of Rapid DNA

FBI Director James Comey met with members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee last week to discuss the FBI’s programs and priorities for the upcoming year. During the hearing, Comey congratulated Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), for introducing a bill that would allow law enforcement officials to obtain results from Rapid DNA during criminal investigations. Hatch’s bill, the Rapid DNA Act of 2015, updates current law to allow DNA samples to be processed using Rapid DNA systems located in police booking

Explainer: DNA and DNA Profiling

Among various possible biometric modalities, DNA provides the most reliable personal identification. It is intrinsically digital, and does not change during a person’s life or at the time of their death. Deoxyribonucleic acid is a molecule that encodes the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and many viruses. In the human body, DNA, which can be thought of as the blueprint of biological design, is folded inside the nucleus of each cell. It