MSP – 10-Year DNA Backlog Eliminated In 12 Months; 70,000 Samples Added to States DNA Database
“August 31, 2004
Lansing – The Michigan State Police MSP successfully completed a National Institute of Justice NIJ pilot program resulting in the elimination of a projected 10-year DNA backlog of convicted felon samples. The pilot program, which began in June 2003, provided $3,385,800 in federal funding to the MSP Forensic Science Division to outsource 80,640 DNA samples for testing at a private laboratory, Bode Technology Group of Springfield, Va.”
I had reason to search for Michigan cold homicide cases last night. I didn’t find them.
Instead, I tripped over additional documentation that DNA tests used to be dirt cheap and done rapidly. The $42 a pop in 2003 in the above-linked article – with tens of thousands of samples identified in a year – isn’t what mega-merged LabCorp now offers.
LabCorp will – at a cost of many thousands, complete a couple dozen tests within a few months.
The additional info on pre-mega-merger forensic DNA test costs is priceless, and so is the other forensic info I tripped over in this lost-cause cold case search; another wacko dog handler that claims an ability to follow scents over open roads … when the suspect is traveling in a vehicle.
Search terms seldom take me directly where I want to go. If the devil is in the details of the continual detours, it’s clear he isn’t after me.
Update – 5/18/12 – LabCorp has yet to complete Denny Ross’s wildly expensive, rudimentary Mito DNA tests, according to ABC in Akron, OH ($45,000 to test 20 samples). But maybe LabCorp gave the prosecutors a heads-up that the DNA didn’t implicate Ross … a witness taking well over a decade to come forward seems unlikely, given that incentives for stellar ethics are non-existant – LabCorp’s wrongdoing is rewarded by the approval of acquisitions, and prosecutor’s abuse of absolute immunity for deliberate misconduct is a-okay with the DoJ.