An Israeli bio-tech firm has demonstrated that they can create DNA material from nothing but a DNA profile stored in a spreadsheet. No worries. Before you let your mind churn wildly over the possible ramifications, consider this. Before the technique could be used to frame you for a serious crime, a sample of your DNA or your DNA profile must first be obtained. The problem is, the Feds and all 50 states have been storing DNA for nearly every child born in the United States for decades.
Somehow the story of DNA fakery was deemed terrorizing enough to make its way into the New York Times, but quickly fizzled without much notice. The lead author of the paper describing the DNA fabrication technique presents the danger, almost threateningly by saying “You can just engineer a crime scene.” They chose not to hide the technology within indecipherable jargon. Instead, this advancement in forensics is revealed in simple terms as a problem forensics laboratories must now deal with.
The company making the claims is Nucleix, a company based in Tel Aviv Israel. Its founder, Dr. Dan Frumkin is the lead author of a scientific paper which was published by the journal Forensic Science International in the “Genetics” category. Why would a bio-tech company call attention to its unique ability to make fake DNA? Simple. They’ve developed a test that identifies the bogus DNA and plan to market it to forensics labs across the globe. But, if the fake DNA is indistinguishable from the real thing how then does the test work?
This whole scenario reminds me of the computer anti-virus market. In the same way that anti-virus software companies have been found creating the very viruses they claim to protect against, is this company creating both the danger and the protection against it?
It’s not beyond reason to conclude that some agencies in the US also possess the DNA faking technology. To quote Dr. Frumkin, who authored the aforementioned paper, “Any biology undergraduate could perform this.” Even if this were an enormous exaggeration, certainly the US is up to the task. Genetics research in the US dwarfs that in Israel, both in scope and in funding. Not to mention that Israel is a key ally, and well aware of which side its bread is buttered on.
Your DNA Profile Might Be in One or More Federal or State Databases
The Department of Justice has many tentacles. One of which is the DNA Initiative (http://www.dna.gov/), which has published on its homepage the following mission-statement…”Providing funding, training and assistance to ensure that forensic DNA reaches its full potential to solve crimes, protect the innocent and identify missing persons.” Granted, the scope of their activities is limited to law enforcement. Although I wouldn’t put it past them to conceal much of their “activities” under the blanket of national security or some such crap. Curious to learn how many DNA records were stored under this, limited program I found myself linked to a section of the FBI web site. The system used to store and make use of the available data is called CODIS. The database itself is called the National DNA Index. Presenting limited statistical data about the index to the public apparently falls under the FBI’s purview.
The FBI’s National DNA Index statistics site (http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/lab/codis/ndis-statistics) includes the following summary…”The National DNA Index (NDIS) contains over 9,298,324 offender profiles and 356,343 forensic profiles as of January 2011.” If you’re a convicted felon or prone to expelling bodily fluids during the commencement of crimes you’ve yet to be charged with, then your number’s up.
What may alarm or even astonish you is what the federal government and the states have been doing with DNA drawn from newborns over the past few decades. Every US hospital has a standard practice of extracting about 5 drops of each newborn infants blood. The general purpose being to test for common conditions and to gauge the health of the newborn. Somewhat arbitrarily, for reasons that include suspicion of drug use and other reasons a larger sample may be taken for more extensive testing. In nearly all cases, though blood samples remain.
Your DNA Profile + Fake DNA Material = You’re a Criminal
Israel and the US are inextricably connected at both the corporate and government levels. Is it impossible to imagine a near future where Israel is given DNA profiles to create DNA samples for the purpose of framing certain individuals for crimes they never committed?
Consider this. Amdocs Ltd., an Israeli telecommunications firm holds contracts with nearly all US telecommunications firms for all call records and billing. It’s claimed that this doesn’t reach as far as secure telecom systems, like those used by US spy agencies. But those records are secret and not for public disclosure. What if some idiotic bureaucrat made the mistake of contracting Amdocs for call records on these systems as well? You get the picture.
I encourage you to visit the following links and to read the paper published by the Israeli firm (linked below) to embark on your own fact-finding mission…
Tyranny News – Scientists in Israel Able to Create DNA Material to Match Any Profile
Discover Magazine – Think DNA Evidence Can’t Be Faked. Think Again.
Nucleix – Authentication of DNA Samples – Dan Frumkin
New York Times Article