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Synthetic DNA Marking Systems
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Offices in:
United Kingdom
South Africa
United States of America



In Support of the Rhino Rescue Project
http://www.rhinorescueproject.org

SeekerDNA is committed to finding a solution to the assist in the prevention of the poaching rhinos, elephants and lions. SeekerDNA has a unique set of established products that have been proven to assist with the apprehension and deterrence of criminal activity in the theft pf metal , bank robberies and commercial assets.
 
The product set consists of a combination of synthetic DNA and luminescent compounds which attaches to the asset or perpetrator without them knowing for a long period of time. This is backed up by a strong media and PR campaign around the protected assets.
 
The SeekerDNA product range consists of a number of solutions containing a unique DNA code, which can be used to uniquely mark and trace both items of property and criminals.
 
Each DNA code used in the SeekerDNA products is completely unique so that every marking kit and spray canister we supply has its very own forensic signature.
 
SeekerDNA products contain real DNA but are referred to as “Synthetic” to differentiate it from Human DNA. SeekerDNA is simply a series of unique combinations of A (Adenine), C (Cytosine), G (Guanine) and
T (Thymine). The synthetic DNA used in SeekerDNA is short-chain, making it far more robust than human DNA.
 
The product set can be any combination of synthetic DNA, UV or covert luminescence and can be deployed with a selection of carriers such as water based, vegetable oil, grease, gel or lacquer compound (Refer Appendix B).
 
The compounds are safe for humans both topically and if ingested (Refer Appendix A).
 
SeekerDNA Spray : Made up of water, UV and unique DNA. Used in spray systems (used by banks and post offices to deter raids etc.) and hand held defence sprays (used by security guards in shopping centres such as Westfield).
 
SeekerDNA marking kit : Made of a glue like liquid , similar to PVA glue, also UV and unique DNA. This same solution is used for marking assets at home and commercially and is also used for the equestrian, car, golf and marine kits.
 
SeekerDNA Grease : Used to mark items such as lead roofing and is transferable. Looks just like grease. Would mark the offender and link him 100% to the crime.
 
Seeker DNA : Gel: Looks similar to Vaseline and is invisible to naked eye. Used by organisations like the National Crime Agency in covert operations to mark drug packages. This product is also transferable and as above will 100% link the offender to the crime.
 
The DNA “tagging” would not only assist authorities in identifying smuggled animal parts, but it should also act as an added deterrent to poachers. Clever communication targeting local communities can carry the message that animal/horn are marked with a compound that will be transferred to anyone who comes into contact with a poached animal/horn (coupled with the fact that the DNA strands can be detected under a UV light and sniffed out by trained tracking dogs). Furthermore, a forensic DNA that can be detected in the horn would immediately devalue the horn as a commodity in the minds of end-users. It is our aim that, with the addition of the DNA strands, the risk/reward ratio to would-be poachers can be disrupted for good. The campaign would also make use of the so-called “bush telegraph” (the grapevine) to spread the word about our work throughout local communities – as 90% of poaching’s are made possible with inside information. To this end, demonstrations of horns being marked with the forensic DNA compound would go a long way towards shaping the message that horns on a particular property are“off-limits”.
 
The DNA project is an exciting development to us all, as we are not only intimately involved in rhino conservation, but also in the preservation of other species, including elephants, pangolins and lions. Testing of the product, in order to have it approved for in situ use and to refine the existing treatment methodology has already commenced. We are confident that the DNA process can contribute significantly towards eradicating the poaching scourge that is threatening South Africa’s beleaguered rhino population.
 
Once we have thoroughly investigated and decided on a suitable methodology for implementation, we hope to involve other conservation bodies and NGO’s in this project. We would advise, however, that – at least initially – the “core” project team remain small and limited to the partner organisations already identified. Multiple role players inevitably result in slower decision-making processes and with a national average of four animals poached per day this has very much become a race against the clock. Without urgent and decisive action the rhino species is destined to become extinct.
 
Further additional deployment solutions include:
-          The spraying of perimeter areas with SeekerDNA ‘mist’.
-          The greasing of perimeter fences in high risk areas.
-          The deployment of drone technology to spray suspected poachers in situ.
-          The infusion of the actual Rhino Horn.

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United Kingdom
email : info(at)seekerdna.com
tel : +44 (0)1384 90 40 20

South Africa
email : dna(at)seekerdna.co.za
tel : +27 (0)86 111 3321