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Law enforcers in UK to use Rapid DNA

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The recently introduced RapidHIT Human Identification (HID) system promises to transform the way investigations are conducted in the UK.  It will revolutionize the use of DNA by making it a routine identification and investigational tool.

RapidHIT was developed by IntegenX, Inc., a leading developer of rapid human DNA identification technology, Next-Gen Sequencing library preparation systems, and DNA/RNA ambient temperature stability and storage products.

And it was launched at Key Forensics Services Ltd (KFS) facility, a privately-held UK based company that delivers forensic science solutions based in Warrington, United Kingdom.

The use of DNA in forensics has been increasing in recent years, noting that it is a powerful and cost-effective weapon in law enforcement arsenal.  The drawback is that it takes a long time before the DNA results arrive.

Stevan Jovanovich, President and Chief Executive Officer of IntegenX said: “The RapidHIT system will allow, for the first time, rapid DNA analysis at the point of collection, setting a new standard in the usage of DNA profiles as an actionable biometric similar to fingerprints.”  He added, “KFS is among the world’s leading forensic science providers and we are pleased to be working with them on the introduction of our Rapid DNA technology to the U.K. Their feedback will be invaluable as we prepare for the global commercial launch of the RapidHIT system later this summer.”

KFS will provide RapidHIT 200 instruments to law enforcers in UK for them to quickly and accurately identify suspects while in custody.  RapidHIT 200 is a mobile, self-contained HID system that processes whatever specimen and/or human samples gathered.  It takes less than 90 minutes for DNA analysis to complete.

“The RapidHIT System will revolutionize the provision of DNA profiles, and we are honored to be one of the first forensic laboratories in the world to deploy it,” said Paul Hackett, KFS Group Managing Director. “We look forward to delivering unprecedented improvements in turnaround times for our U.K. law enforcement customers with this system in our expanded state-of-the-art facility.”

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