Avoiding Fabric-ations: DNA Makes Sure ‘100% Cotton’ is 100% Real

 (DGIwire) — The global spread of counterfeit goods, including textiles, has now reached epic proportions. According the U.S. Customs and Border Control, counterfeit apparel and accessories account for more than 50 percent of all seized goods. Textiles are an easy target because, unlike electronic equipment and weaponry, they are easy to ship and easy to make into near-identical replicas—a/k/a […]

Tracing Stripped Copper: A Solution for the Wire Theft Epidemic

(DGIwire) — Copper-wire theft is at or near an all-time high in America thanks to the skyrocketing costs of copper, a still-sputtering economy, high prices paid by scrap metal dealers, and the relative ease with which wire can be stolen from unguarded locations and resold to recyclers who don’t care where it originated. Although metal […]

Copper Thieves Beware: Planted Plant DNA Will Bring the Coppers

(DGIwire) — Copper is such a hot commodity these days that thieves are taking it from wherever they can find it, according to a recent article on NBCNews.com. From construction sites to railways and subways, suburban homes, and power plants and other critical infrastructure, copper is disappearing, adding to a $1 billion copper theft business […]

Luxury Bedsheets…Or So Says the Label

(DGIwire) — Over the years, one luxury Paris sheet maker has built its reputation catering to a high profile celebrity clientele. Current pricing for its 1,200 thread count queen set made with 100 percent Egyptian cotton will cost a buyer about $1,400 American. Or… one can find the company’s sheets in the online marketplace, which also claims to offer a […]

Fake Olive Oil? Fake Fish? Fraud Has Reached into What We Eat

 (DGIwire) — Interpol recently confiscated more than 1,200 tons of counterfeit food and 430,000 liters of counterfeit beverages across Europe. Ninety-six people were arrested. But wait: fake food? How could this be? In fact, food—like much else in today’s global economy—is not always what it’s cracked up to be. As an example, specialty products such as […]

DNA Technology Now Helping to Fight Crime in Sweden

(DGIwire) — In a perfect world, calories wouldn’t count, money would grow on trees and crime wouldn’t exist. In reality, we have to watch what we eat, work for our money and live in a world where criminals abound. Some roam the streets; others lurk in offices, homes or in front of computers worldwide. Fortunately, those in […]

Ensuring the Authenticity of Top-Quality Apparel Despite Widespread Counterfeiting

 (DGIwire) — For most of us, shopping for luxury items is an infrequent but special treat. There are times when a 800-count Egyptian cotton set of linens, say, just makes life worth living. When purchasing pricier items, we want them to be as authentic as their price tags would suggest. There’s nothing more frustrating than […]

Beware of Counterfeit Merchandise When Shopping Online

(DGIwire) – Let’s face it: We all want the latest gadget without decimating our budgets. But price-savvy consumers should be wary: if they spot a seemingly too-good-to-be-true deal online for Beats by Dre headphones, the latest Trek mountain bike or a LifeProof case for the iPhone 5, it’s probably not what it seems. The enormous […]

James Bond 007 Would Love this Anti-Counterfeiting Technology

(DGIwire) — Anyone remember what James Bond drove? It was an Aston Martin, of course—a super-sporty DB-5. The sleek and sexy Aston symbolized, well, exactly what Bond himself stood for: British pride, power and above all, flawless operation. Largely, despite several dizzying changes in management since the Bond days, including in 2013 losing at least one member […]

DNA in Beer? Protecting the Secret Sauce? New Forensic Foundations

 (DGIwire) — On the Esquire Network television show called Brew Dogs, two passionate beer drinkers travel the world to find the best and most distinctive craft beer imaginable. In a recent episode, they made a stop in Philadelphia; their intention was to find the “most American beer ever made.” The thing that made the winning […]

Tracing Stolen Goods Back to Burglars Gives New Meaning to ‘Plant Evidence’

(DGIwire) — It’s easy to forget how vulnerable we are to theft in our homes. A rash of robberies last year at one of New York City’s poshest addresses—740 Park Avenue, whose past and present residents have included John D. Rockefeller, Vera Wang and Jacqueline Onassis—shows that even 24-hour doormen aren’t always foolproof. The FBI […]

Putting an End to Counterfeits and Criminals at Their Roots, DNA Style

(DGIwire) — Earlier this year, a historic agreement was reached between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the family of Henrietta Lacks, a poor African-American mother of five who died from cervical cancer more than 50 years ago. Following her death in 1951 at age 31, some of Lacks’ cancer cells were taken by […]