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Cost of Laboratory Analysis, Including DNA

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Cost of Laboratory Analysis, Including DNA

Properly developed, implemented and communicated procedures for processing evidence collected at a crime scene are critical to cost-effectiveness within the crime laboratory.

Consider the following cost-management methods:

  • Limit duplication of services and tests
  • Limit analysis to the most probative items of evidence
  • Limit courtroom waiting time for laboratory personnel


Investigating agencies, laboratories and judicial agencies should actively communicate with each other to work on implementing a method that addresses cost and resource issues associated with laboratory services.4

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