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Israeli Scientists Show DNA Evidence Can be Fabricated

According to an article posted at naturalnews.com:

Scientists from the Tel Aviv, Israel-based company Nucleix have demonstrated that it is possible to create fake DNA samples and plant them as evidence at a crime scene, in a paper published in the journal Forensic Science: International Genetics.

"You can just engineer a crime scene," said lead researcher and Nucleix co-founder Dan Frumkin. "Any biology undergraduate could perform this."

In addition to having developed a method of fabricating DNA evidence, Nucleix has also developed a method of detecting faked DNA that it plans to sell to forensics labs.

The scientists have developed two different ways to manufacture DNA samples in order to fool law enforcement. The first involves using DNA profiles from law enforcement databases, which record the code at 13 different spots on a person's genome. Using a pooled library of DNA samples from a number of different people, the geneticists were able to physically construct DNA that was identical to a suspect's DNA at those 13 points. It would take only 425 different DNA snippets to be able to construct every possible permutation, the researchers said.

The second method involved collecting actual DNA from the person whose genetic material was to be faked, such as by collecting a strand of their hair or saliva from a cup they had used.

In both cases, the DNA was then reproduced in large quantities using a technique called whole genome amplification. This DNA was inserted into red blood cells, which were then passed off as a real DNA sample.
The implications are scary, are they not?


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They are scary. Fortunately,

They are scary. Fortunately, you report that there is a method to detect fabricated DNA. Technologies will continue to create potential problems, and then offer solutions. This is nothing new.

This brings to mind something that I recently saw in one of the large book stores. I was inspecting a book showing photographs from the Soviet Union produced in the Thirties. The Reds under Stalin were purging the Party of anyone "Uncle Joe" suspected as a potential rival.

While I am sure that evidence used in some of the show trials was fabricated, that's not what caught my attention. The book showed many examples of group photographs showing many high-level Communists. And then, the same photograph as it was published several years later, with one or more of the people in the picture air-brushed out.

These doctored photographs were laughable. Anyone could see that they had been tampered with. But today, the technology exists to create photographs, or even motion pictures of situations that never occurred. We have all seen the amusing photographs of political figures in compromising positions. This indicates that individuals could be placed in situations that they never actually participated in.

And again, the technology will become available to detect these doctored images.