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 […]

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 […]

Counterfeit Clothing? Plant DNA Keeps Fabrics Genuine

(DGIwire) — Lots of things we see, touch and wear are not what they seem. That thick head of hair we admire could be a wig. We’re accustomed to seeing fake nails and fake handbags that pretend to be their upscale sisters. But—fake fabrics? That’s right: counterfeit textiles— and entire garments that are not what we […]