NEC develops portable DNA analyzer
TOKYO - NEC Corp. said Thursday it has developed a portable DNA analyzer that can analyze DNA in less time than conventional methods to help speed up criminal investigations by police.
NEC is assessing the DNA analyzer's performance jointly with the National Research Institute of Police Science, affiliated with the National Police Agency, and aims to commercialize it in fiscal 2014.
When police now analyze DNA taken from the mucous membrane of the mouth or bloodstains, they bring the samples to specialized institutes which take two to three days to analyze them.
The new 30-kilogram DNA analyzer is portable enough to be carried to crime scenes and can extract DNA and analyze it on the spot, according to NEC.
It now takes about one hour to analyze DNA with the new DNA analyzer, but NEC plans to eventually shorten the time to 25 minutes.