• Question: @liambagley how does the DNA gun work to capture criminals??

    Asked by stefysmilsz to Liam on 24 Jun 2013.
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      Liam Bagley answered on 24 Jun 2013:

      I’ve actually never heard of these before but I looked it up like any curious scientist does and found this: http://news.discovery.com/tech/biotechnology/gun-shoots-dna-bullets-tag-criminals-130129.htm

      This is so awesome! How cool does that look?!
      It looks like the police officer could fire the pellet at a criminal, then when they’re arrested, the DNA marker will show up. So each pellet is different, every single one, so they can identify each individual person to a certain crime. So if a police officer is about to lose a criminal in a chase, they can shoot the bad guy with one of these. Then if they catch up with him later, they can identify the individual marker on the bad guys clothes and skin and put him right there at the scene. caught red handed!
      Wow, well I’ve learnt something today, cheers stefysmilsz!