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New DNA machine helps solve crimes in 90 minutes, Lee County Sheriff says

February 16th, 2023

By: Dan Glaun

ANDE's technology matched the results from conventional DNA testing in 99.96 percent of cases, according to a 2020 study

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno unveiled his office's in-house rapid DNA testing machine Thursday morning, describing the technology as a major boost to the department's investigative work.

What is rapid DNA testing?

Nearly all law enforcement agencies in Florida send their DNA samples to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for analysis -- a process that can take weeks or months.

The machine at the Sheriff's Office, made by the Colorado-based company ANDE, can analyze DNA samples within 90 minutes and test up to five samples at a time, Marceno said. The Lee Sheriff's Office is one of four in the state with the technology, joining Orange, Volusia and Osceola counties.

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