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Employing Botanical DNA to Forensically Tag and Authenticate Objects for Security Purposes

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Botanically derived, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) taggants can be used as a means to forensically tag and authenticate objects for security purposes. Typically, the sequence dependent, encrypted DNA tags are embedded into inks, varnishes, adhesives, as well as paper, laminates and a range of substrates. This paper will provide recent findings on 1) the DNA techniques utilized to authenticate the DNA in a botanically-marked printed materials, 2) methods used to DNA-tag components and products, 3) methods used to authenticate DNA-tagged materials, 4) the value of DNA toward enhancing quality control, and 5) the use of DNA tags to identify originals, interdict counterfeits and prevent diversion, as DNA is recognized as a form of forensic evidence trusted by law enforcement and admissible by courts around the world.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

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