Pentagon Using DNA to Curtail Counterfeiting

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To avoid getting counterfeit electronic parts, the United States Military’s Defense Logistics Agency has started using DNA to mark authentic products.

To avoid receiving counterfeit electronic microcircuits, the Defense Logistics Agency has started requiring suppliers to use DNA to mark authentic products.

Microcircuits are electronic components that are used by the military in equipment ranging from aircrafts to medical devices.

Suppliers are required to mark each part with SigNature DNA manufactured and patented by Applied DNA Sciences in Stony Brook, New York.

The plant based DNA isn’t detectable by the human eye, but when put under ultraviolet light, it shows up, so the microcircuits can be easily checked for authenticity.

Applied DNA’s chief executive, James Hayward said: “We have the capacity, given the complexity of DNA, to make an infinite variety of markers, and we also have the capacity to take any single marker and manufacture that in infinite quantity.”

The Defense Logistics Agency is the part of the Department of Defense responsible for the acquisition and logistics of supplies and services to the different branches of the military.

What do you think? Is using a DNA mark an effective way to prevent counterfeiting?

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