Forensic DNA tests are notoriously backlogged.
But an increase in staffing and the use of automated technology have contributed to reduce the FBI lab’s backlog by 87% from 2010 to March of this year, the Associated Press reports.
The lab and timely tests are incredibly important because DNA evidence taken from crime scenes can make or break a case.
Most reductions came in the nuclear DNA Unit, which analyzes blood, fluids and semen, according to the AP. Also experiencing a reduction in caseloads was the mitochondrial DNA Unit, which examines bones, teeth and hair fragments.