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Using DNA to Safeguard Electrical Components and Protect Against Counterfeiting and Diversion
Keywords: Electrical Components , Counterfeiting , Diversion
Counterfeiting has increased dramatically over the last several years. In the consumer markets, this is perhaps aided by global economic pressures. Additionally, firm connections have been made with organized crime and terrorists. This is well beyond a cottage industry - practically all industries are affected by counterfeiting: military replacement parts, aircraft and automobile parts, medicines, electronics, documents, currency - the list is endless. The application of botanical SigNature® DNA is the definitive security platform, providing multiple levels of detection from instant rapid screening to forensic DNA authentication. Efforts to curb counterfeiting via technical solutions have only been partially successful. However, the biotechnology revolution has made DNA into an unmatched utility. No tool has passed the scrutiny given to evidentiary DNA. When layered with other contemporary product security platforms (bar codes, holograms or RFIDs), DNA can be the strongest weapon in the fight for genuine product assurance. Applied DNA Sciences' technology is used by clients globally because it is: Forensic - provides a definitive match to the exact DNA code, with false positives occurring in less than one in a trillion (it is absolute). This is the reason why courts all around the world recognize DNA as admissible evidence. Secure - it is resistant to reverse engineering or replication (cannot be copied). It can be layered with existing security measures, including barcodes, holograms, RFIDs, etc. Once DNA is applied onto the object it is persistent, even in the most harsh outdoor environs and high temperatures. It is resistant to removal by heavy chemicals or solvents. Chain of Custody - both detectable in the field and forensically authenticated in the laboratory, it provides a complete chain of custody following any DNA-marked item at any point in the supply chain. Detection - DNA can be linked to rapid reporters like upconverting phosphors providing a quick 1-2 second screen with a handheld detector. DNA screening is followed with forensic PCR (polymerase chain reaction) authentication in the laboratory. Botanical - is an environmentally friendly, "green" technology based on the complex codes from botanical sources. Ease of Application - it can be incorporated into the existing manufacturing process without altering the quality of any ink, coating or the product itself. It is chemically compatible in a wide range of security inks (overt and covert), varnishes, adhesives and substrates. DNA taggants can be applied to metals, in-mold secure printing for electronics, laminates, inks, polycarbonates, plastics and directly onto electronic components. SigNature DNA has been independently validated through a two-year vetted process conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Idaho National Laboratory. This proven technology is already deployed as a forensic security taggant to protect cash boxes by covertly marking cash degradation inks that stain money when stolen. This allows Scotland Yard to recover stolen money. It also provides forensic evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service to convict criminals forensically linked to specific cash crimes. Additionally, this DNA technology is currently under consideration by various banking, insurance and governmental agencies both in the US and Europe.
Janice Meraglia, Director, Communications
Applied DNA Sciences
Stony Brook, NY

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