One of the guest stars on Wednesday night’s premiere of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” was from Lancaster.
It wasn’t a person, but a prop.
And it’s one that’s catching the attention of groups from genealogy to law enforcement.
It all started at a former ballet studio in Lancaster. It’s a long way from Hollywood, but last July, things changed.
“I was driving home on a Thursday night at about 9 p.m., and I got a phone call,” said Sean Recchi. “It’s the prop master from CSI
wanting to use our product.”
Hollywood was calling for a DNA capsule.
It was invented by Sean’s wife, Stephanie.
After her father died from cancer, she wanted a way to dry and preserve a few drops of his blood for future genetic testing.
“There’s so many things that they will do in the future with DNA,” Stephanie said. “Just having that saved would have possibly
helped one of my children make an important life decision.”
Eight months ago, Stephanie came up with a small kit. It has a tool to prick your finger for three drops of blood. The blood goes
into a vial, which contains chemicals called a matrix.
“The matrix breaks down the blood and takes out all the water,” Stephanie said. “They can actually take your DNA just by simply adding water, bringing it back intact.”
Word spread about the capsule, and the Recchis got calls about their product from funeral homes, genealogy groups, laboratories and
Meanwhile, a writer composed a CSI script with what he thought was a fictional product.
They got online, and put in DNA capsule, up pops this company that actually does dry state storage of DNA,” Sean said. “They were
just in shock. And the next thing we knew, we were sending them samples.”
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