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January 24, 2013

SelectaDNA’s High Velocity DNA Tagging System involves marking criminals with DNA-containi...

SelectaDNA’s High Velocity DNA Tagging System involves marking criminals with DNA-containing pellets, for subsequent identification and arrest

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Imagine that you’re a police officer in the midst of a riot. While you may be able to apprehend the offenders closest to you, you can see plenty of other looters and vandals who you’re just not able to get to at the moment. Well, that’s where SelectaDNA’s High Velocity DNA Tagging System would come into the picture. At the heart of the system is a gun that shoots non-lethal pellets, which contain uniquely-coded synthetic DNA.

The idea is that when things have calmed down a bit, the police can set about rounding up the wrong-doers who they couldn’t nab when the riot was in full swing. In order to do so, they’d use one of SelectaDNA’s portable microscopes/readers to check suspects for the telltale DNA.

Each case of non-toxic pellets has a DNA code that’s specific to that batch, although all 14 pellets within the case share that same code – this means that the code could be used to tie a suspect to a certain event, but it couldn’t be used to single that one person out from all the other DNA-tagged suspects.

Each case of non-toxic pellets has a DNA code that’s specific to that batch, although all ...

If someone were hit with one of the pellets on a piece of clothing, they could conceivably avoid arrest by discarding that item. They would have to throw it away, though – SelectaDNA’s Angela Singleton told us that the DNA will remain in fabric through several washings. Cleaning the DNA off of the skin would be considerably more challenging, as Singleton claims that it can remain in skin creases for up to two weeks.

The gun itself is available in pistol or rifle form, both of which are powered by CO2 cartridges. The pistol can squeeze off 20 shots per 12-gram cartridge, while the rifle’s capacity is higher. Both guns allow users to hit targets from a range of 30 to 40 meters (98 to 131 feet).

The company also makes a grease, gel and spray containing the synthetic DNA, for marking belongings against theft or for tagging attackers.

Source: SelectaDNA via Ubergizmo

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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13 Comments

Need to add a tinny action cam to record who your shooting and add an RFID Clip that can stamp the video with exactly what "code" you were shooting that could later substantiate exactly what crime they were committing at the time they were "tagged".

Jason Woods
24th January, 2013 @ 03:44 pm PST

the Civilian version of the pistol is the Tippmann Tpx paintball marker,

though muzzle velocities may vary but efficiency seems to be the same.

Jon Doughty
24th January, 2013 @ 07:19 pm PST

Educating everyone and sharing the planet's resources would stop all criminality, (except that from psychopaths, as found in the James Bond films), then there would be no need for misusing our human ingenuity and wasting our time, energy and the earths resources on such gizmos as this.

Thunderbird4
25th January, 2013 @ 02:59 am PST

So you need to aim for the face

Jim Cameron
25th January, 2013 @ 04:39 am PST

"Educating everyone and sharing the planet's resources would stop all criminality, (except that from psychopaths, as found in the James Bond films), then there would be no need for misusing our human ingenuity and wasting our time, energy and the earths resources on such gizmos as this."

Thunderbird4

well said

tampa florida
25th January, 2013 @ 08:27 am PST

@ Thunderbird4 - I think you forgot that we are human and not perfect. I do agree with you that we need more/better education and better distibuting of natural resources. I won't say "sharing" because that doesn't exist in a free market. Everything has a price.

MG48
25th January, 2013 @ 09:42 am PST

I imagine once the pellets can be counterfeited it won't be as easy to prove a tie to a scene as people will work out what dna they got shot with and shoot their neighbours washing line etc.

LR
25th January, 2013 @ 11:01 am PST

Seeing policeman aiming rifles and pistols at a rioting crowd will not go down very well, especially in England, where we are not used to this sort of thing.

windykites1
25th January, 2013 @ 11:13 am PST

Sounds pretty sick like people cutting open their hands and shaking like blood brothers if it hits open wounds. Dna mutations? Post specific formula to be reviewed. Why not stick with co2 powered pneumatic knockout darts?

Miks Stiefel
25th January, 2013 @ 12:02 pm PST

This item should sell well to governments trying to imprison people who have publicly participated in political opposition.

ralph.dratman
25th January, 2013 @ 01:51 pm PST

The last time I looked, a human injecting another human with DNA without their permission is rape. The analogy here is not that of a bullet, but of a sperm cell.

We really are getting to be a very intellectually compromised species in the name of fascism.

solutions4circuits
25th January, 2013 @ 02:08 pm PST

Thunderbird 64, you go out and start educating, as for me, I'll rely on the police and technology to catch and confine the less honest among us. When you're finished educating, let us know how you went.

Wally3178
25th January, 2013 @ 02:37 pm PST

Does anyone remember what the road to hell is Paved with? Hitler didn't just kill Jews he started with those who opposed him in words and actions they lead the way in to the death camps. Now they have made it easier to find such people Hitler Stalin & all the others would have personally slaughtered thousands for this tech.

NWO here we come.

Joseph Mertens
25th January, 2013 @ 11:13 pm PST
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