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Orchid Cellmark Applauds Expansion of Federal Forensic DNA Identity Testing to Include All Arrestees
Date:4/18/2008

- New Federal Rules Authorizing DNA Testing of Federal Arrestees Expected

to Boost Law Enforcement's Ability to Combat Crime -

- Complements Recent Moves by States to Expand their DNA Databases -

PRINCETON, N.J., April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orchid Cellmark Inc. (Nasdaq: ORCH), a leading worldwide provider of identity DNA testing services, today highlighted new federal regulations previewed by the U.S. Justice Department that are expected to greatly expand the forensic DNA testing of federal arrestees and illegal immigrants. The proposed regulations will authorize DNA testing and inclusion in the federal Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database of DNA profiles of all federal arrestees and illegal immigration detainees. Currently, the federal government only includes convicted felons in the CODIS database. The proposed new regulations implement provisions of the Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress in late 2005. They are expected to result in an additional 1.2 million DNA profiles being added to CODIS annually.

"We welcome these new regulations that we expect to increase the use of forensic DNA testing, now considered by law enforcement authorities as a fundamental crime-fighting tool," said Thomas Bologna, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orchid Cellmark. "Our support reflects our experience as a major DNA testing provider both here and in the U.K., where the DNA database includes most arrestees and approximately half of crime scene evidence samples successfully match a profile already in the DNA database, contributing significantly to crime fighting efforts. We believe further expansion of forensic DNA testing through these regulations will enable U.S. law enforcement offic
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