DNA LOCK™: A NOVEL AND SECURE DNA-BASED AUTHENTICATION METHOD

Seized, counterfeit goods in the United States in 2012 were estimated to be worth over $1.30 billion. Current marking techniques can be recovered, copied and illegally used to mark counterfeited goods. To control this increasing problem, reliable counterfeit-resistant techniques are required.

Scientists Carter Bancroft and Catherine Clelland at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed a procedure that overcomes the limitations of current marking techniques. With the technique of Drs. Bancroft and Clelland, DNA Lock™, a DNA molecule is constructed to contain an encoded authentication signature or barcode,