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DNA Fog Helps Identify Trespassers, Thieves, and Brigands 129

Zothecula writes "Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) has developed a new approach to solve crimes using DNA tagging. The difference is that instead of tagging the objects being stolen, the company's system tags the perpetrator with DNA. While this has been tried before by applying the DNA to a fleeing criminal with a gun, ADNAS has adopted a more subtle approach."
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DNA Fog Helps Identify Trespassers, Thieves, and Brigands

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  • by cream wobbly ( 1102689 ) on Monday June 17, 2013 @01:14PM (#44031233)

    Yup, it's not like the clothing could be washed & dried in a public laundromat and the next fifty people to use it become suspects. It's not like the DNA could rub off on the seat of the stolen car thereby implicating the owner of the car. It's not like the next pool the drug dealer cleans (because drug dealers always have pool cleaning businesses because it gives them easy access to chemicals used in drug manufacture) would be at all contaminated with the stuff.

  • Scenario (Score:4, Insightful)

    by goodmanj ( 234846 ) on Monday June 17, 2013 @01:38PM (#44031529)

    Here's a scenario for ya. You're on the scene on day ten of the latest round of anti-capitalist protests in Zucotti Park, New York city. The crowd gets a little unruly and a full-scale riot breaks out. A cop gets his head caved in with a brick, a couple people get trampled, and the tear gas and truncheon work gets underway. The crowd scatters and disperses, and you go home and wash the tear gas out of your eyes.

    Two days later, the cops show up at your apartment. It turns out they mixed a little DNA taggant into the tear gas grenades. They're going door to door throughout antiestablishment hot-spots in the city, asking for people to let them take a swab off their skin, so they can find the bastards who started the deadly riot. If you refuse, they apologize politely, and then swab your door handle on their way out.

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato