Utah's new lab to use robotics to speed up rape kit testing
June 4, 2017
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Officials are hopeful Utah's major rape kit backlog will be reduced now that a new state crime laboratory has opened where robotic machines can extract DNA samples and deliver them to forensic technicians much faster than humans.
During the opening of a new Unified State Laboratory Thursday in Taylorsville, Lab Director Jay Henry said the robotics station does the repetitive work of extracting DNA, then delivers the data to forensic scientists. In addition to freeing up a technician to do more analytical work, the station is capable of extracting DNA faster.