Analyzing blood, sweat, tears in Columbus

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Police Department is the first department in Mississippi to use antibody technology that technicians there say will revolutionize forensics.

The Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/qdjZQ3) that instead of testing numerous samples of DNA, the department is using antibody profiling to test blood, sweat and even tears to narrow the number of samples needed. That will save thousands of dollars.

Bill Smith, the Columbus department’s director of forensic chemistry, said the department is working with other agencies in the region to develop an antibody profiling database.

The technology is not yet being used in court, but Columbus forensics director Austin Shepherd predicts that it will be soon.