US Special Operations Command have started testing two rapid DNA readers in the field, US media reported this week.Michael S Fitz, manager of the Sensitive Site Exploitation Special Reconnaissance, Surveillance & Exploitation program at US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), told reporters at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference this week that the tech was still “down range”.”It's a groundbreaking, game-breaking technology,” Fitz said on Wednesday. “In the past, a guy would have to put [a DNA sample] in an envelope and send it back to the states and wait a few weeks to find out who he had. By then he's had 12 other missions and forgotten who that guy was.”During SOCOM's evaluation of two devices, DNA found on components of an improvised explosive device led to captures.”We're spending a year gathering data – on the utility, on how well is it working, the match rate, how well are the operators keeping them up and running,” said Fitz.The rapid DNA machines weigh 27 kilograms, cost US$250,000 and can give a result in 90 minutes. Two devices are being used: The RapidHIT 200 has been provided by IntegenX, a California-based company, and the DNAscan from Massachusetts-based NetBIO.