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Mass. crime lab troubles were isolated, study finds

The state’s scandal-plagued crime lab operated like an ­island within the larger Jamaica Plain complex that houses the suite of Massachusetts testing labs, according to a report that found operations in the 17 other labs met industry standards. But the report concludes that years of budget cuts threaten quality at those labs.

The review, conducted in early October by the Association of Public Health Laboratories, concluded that leaders of the Hinton State Laboratory ­Institute need to restore two quality assurance officer positions eliminated during past budget cuts.

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