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Forensic scientist honored for work

Jamie DuffyMay 19, 2019

Forensic scientist Melinda McNair laughs when she watches “CSI” television shows.

“Usually what makes me laugh is they just press a button and voila, they have their answer, and that’s not how it works,” said McNair, who works at the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Regional Laboratory.

“On TV, (law enforcement officers) are portrayed (like) they can do crime scene, DNA, drug analysis. They can do it all,” McNair said. In reality, drug analysis is its own niche in forensic science, and tests on substances can range from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.

“We do multiple testing techniques on our items of evidence to determine what they are,” she said.

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