CT scientists pioneering drug research
(07/21/03) MERIDEN - In a criminal investigation, DNA evidence can make or break a case. Now forensic scientists in Connecticut are hoping to take DNA testing one step further by mapping the genetic profile of marijuana.
Scientists are compiling a statewide marijuana DNA database that they plan to expand across the nation. Because big time drug dealers want to quickly produce a potent plant to sell, they clone the same few plants over and over again, creating a genetic match.
DNA analyst Dr. Heather Coyle claims ultimately, they should be able to link growers, distributors and users of marijuana that's being transferred between these individuals. And it isn't just about stopping the distribution of marijuana; officials say the drug trade is often connected to other criminal activity.
Right now, the scientists hope their research on marijuana can be part of real court cases by next year.