I have a meeting planned with Applied DNA Sciences and will try to get more information as to cost and the associated road map. Both the verification and authentication costs will be addressed. Stand by for a more detailed article than this present one.
I talked with Applied again this week. As to the cost, the application of the DNA tag or marker is less than a penny a part. Currently, they are only marking packages but are experimenting with die level approaches. I was told that the app,I cation cost would be almost nothing as the volume and use of this technology increased. They did stress the initial scan did not verify the sequence but only that the DNA marker was present. The sequencing authentication was still big bucks and required lab level forensic equipment and procedures. But, just verifying the presence of the DNA can take the confidence level to a high number. I will be meeting with their science team to get more understanding. I will write more about the company and their technology then.
From what I have read and heard (http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=406&sid=2740667) the cost would be pennies per unit and the technologiy has proved "un-copyable" in all tests, including one done by the Idaho National Laboratories.
I was also concerned about the cost factor and whether it would be worth to spend it to have DNA tag with every product. It may make sense to use these if the initial research cost is high but the per-unit cost is low
Apart from this, is there absolutely no way that counterfeiters will be able to fake copies of these DNA tags?
Prabhakar, Counterfeiters won't go out of the business of faking anything they can simply because manufacturers are getting help from applicaitons like DNA tagging. I believe the war will be long fought though eventually one side (manufacturers) will have the upper hand even if it cannot completely eliminate the competition.
Perhaps it would work rather like gadgets designed to ward off auto-theft. There is a way around all of them for the determined criminal, but the hope is that if your car is harder to steal than the next one, it will be the other guy who finds the car missing.
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