Expanded SBI Crime Lab Boosts DNA Testing

An expanded crime lab at the State Bureau of Investigation means more DNA tests can be handled.

The new 22,000-square-foot addition to the lab officially opened Tuesday and officials said it has 27 DNA analysts. The lab formerly
had five analysts who performed the tests that took weeks to complete.

DNA has become increasingly important in criminal cases. Officials say the SBI solves 26 cases with DNA matches in 2001, but more than 270 cases have been solved this year with DNA.

Experts who analyze other crime scene evidence also will work in the expanded lab space that cost taxpayers nearly $6 million.