DNA marking

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DNA marking is a type of forensic identification. It is a method to mark items in a way that is undetectable to the naked eye. A unique DNA marker is applied to the item, and can be recovered to identify the item. In suspected thefts, the suspect can also be tested for traces of the DNA marking.[1] DNA marking can be used to prevent thefts of objects that are hard to mark in any other way (e.g. copper cables).[2][3] It can also be used to help separate between genuine and counterfeit electronics and other replacement parts.[4]


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  2. ^ "DNA test has helped slash copper theft by more than 85%". Contractor. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Copper Thieves Beware: Planted Plant DNA Will Bring the Coppers". DGI Wire. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  4. ^ Mak, Tim (4 October 2013). "Plant DNA markers help the Pentagon detect counterfeit electronics in the military supply chain". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved 25 August 2015.