Progress in sequencing the human genome and the DNA of other organisms is providing many opportunities for creating powerful systems for numerous and diverse applications in DNA testing. These systems and the chemical processes, such as PCR, which they are designed to carry out, have recently made great strides in miniaturization through advances in micro-fluidics and micro-optics. In addition, new techniques in biological processing, such as controlled ultrasonic lysis, are being applied to small, automated, integrated instruments designed to provide important DNA results in a timely and routine manner. These systems are bringing DNA identification out of the laboratory and into our daily lives. Instead of waiting for days or weeks for a result, we will have them in minutes. Instead of relying on the skills of molecular biologists, the average person will be able to run a DNA test. These new advances will widely impact many aspects of our medical practices, food processing, and public safety.