Detecting male DNA in forensic samples is faster, more efficient and more cost-effective, for sexual-assault and other types of cases.
New legislation and media scrutiny surrounding the slow processing time of sexual-assault evidence-collection kits have prompted labs to take a second look at their laboratory-processing steps.
PROBLEM: Traditional serological testing methods can be labor-intensive and time-consuming, and testing efficacy can vary depending on the expertise of each bench analyst.
SOLUTION: Since 2010, we have optimized and implemented a high-throughput serology process (Y-Screening) that has significantly increased our laboratory’s capacity to analyze more sexual assault evidence on a monthly basis.
We have utilized our Lean Six Sigma expertise to create guidelines and thresholds for our Y-screening results in order to identify and focus on the success rates of obtaining a DNA profile for comparison and/or CODIS upload.