Catching up on crime - Missouri State Highway Patrol Laboratory has recently installed a Freedom EVO® liquid handling workstation
24 Jun 2009

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Laboratory in Jefferson City has recently installed a Freedom EVO® liquid handling workstation from Tecan to automate all the steps of DNA purification and tackle a backlog of over 1,300 cases.

Brian Hoey, supervisor of the DNA unit at the Highway Patrol Laboratory, explained: “Recent policy changes, combined with more reliable and accessible technologies for low level DNA samples, have resulted in a 50 % increase in our workload over the last few years. To meet this extra demand, we needed to increase the laboratory’s capacity and it was obvious that we needed to automate our workflow to achieve this. I visited other laboratories where automation had already been implemented, and Tecan’s Freedom EVO platform was clearly the best instrument for our needs. We have now developed a system that does exactly what we need, automating all DNA extraction, quantification and amplification processes; our workstation is working very well, freeing up laboratory space and allowing analysts to open up more evidence and gather samples.”

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