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DNA to Safeguard Electrical Components & Protect Against Counterfeiting & Diversion
Keywords: DNA, Electrical Components, Counterfeiting & Diversion
Each time a component or product changes hands, the potential for counterfeiting and diversion to taint the supply chain increases. With millions of products being packaged and shipped around the world, the ability to identify genuine product at any point along the supply chain is paramount. 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 impact steals $250 billion from the US economy and with it, 750,000 jobs per year. Botanical DNA taggants represent 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. In the annals of forensic crime, not 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. Over 600 million products have to date benefited from Applied DNA Sciences' botanical SigNature® DNA technology used by clients globally because it is: Forensic - provides a definitive match to the exact, unique DNA code applied. Secure - it is resistant to reverse engineering or replication – it can not be copied. 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 providing an immediate screen with a handheld detector. Screening is followed with forensic PCR (polymerase chain reaction) authentication in the laboratory. Ease of Application - it can be incorporated into the existing manufacturing process without altering the quality of the 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 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. SigNature DNA taggants have been recognized as key evidence in the successful convictions over 20 criminals by the UK Metropolitan Police Service resulting in over 120 years of jail time. Applied DNA Sciences received the “Excellence in Policing Award” in recognition of “the sharing of creative and innovative projects that are enhancing performance and productivity for the overall benefit of the UK police.”
Janice Meraglia, Director, Communications
Applied DNA Sciences
Stony Brook, NY 11790, NY
USA


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