menu

DNA Gun Marks Suspects To Help Control Riots

DNA Gun Marks Suspects To Help Control Riots
technology

The new SelectaDNA gun could allow authorities to apprehend criminals after the event has occurred by tracking the specific genetic material.

Ryan Gerhardt
  • 29 january 2013

Crowd control and riot situations pose some of the greatest challenges for police officers and the authorities. They’re outnumbered, they have to keep the peace and ensure civilian safety, and they’re also supposed to apprehend law-breakers using the proper force. A daunting task considering a mob can quickly get out of hand, and authorities may end up reacting with excessive force.

SelectaDNA’s gun aims to relieve some of this pressure on police officers. Instead of having to arrest all suspects on the scene while also maintaining the peace, SelectaDNA’s gun allows officers to ‘tag’ potential targets at the scene to be apprehended at a later, less chaotic time.

The SelectaDNA High Velocity System shoots pellets coded with synthetic DNA, rather than bullets. Upon striking the suspect, the pellets leave a residue that police can then use to identify those who were at the scene. Ultimately, this could lead to tracking down those involved, an arrest, and possible prosecution.

SelectaDNA-scanner

 

According to SelectaDNA, the DNA solution can remain on a person’s skin for ‘up to two weeks.’ If struck on an article of clothing, the solution will remain after a few washings, but the suspect could very easily throw their clothes away.

The attempt to replace injuring suspects, instead using the SelectaDNA gun to tag them with DNA microdot, seems like a step in the right direction. However, its effectiveness remains to be seen. As mentioned, suspects could easily dispose of their clothing. Additionally, the entire system is based on being able to find the suspects again after the fact. Riot control and follow-up is very important, but the practicality of finding tagged suspects is an issue.

SelectaDNA-rifle-microdots

The system comes in either pistol or rifle form, with a range up to 30-40 meters. The pellets come in packs of 14 – all sharing the same DNA code, allowing suspects to be linked to the same event. The company also offers DNA sprays, gels, and a grease.

Does this make you feel safer about crowd control?

SelectaDNA

Images via SelectaDNA and Ubergizmo

technology
Trending

Lyft Gives Free Rides To Those Who Have Had Too Much To Drink

Advertising
Experiential Marketing Today

UNICEF’s ‘Time Machine’ Tells Stories With Data

An experiential installation at the UN General Assembly reminds us why every child matters

Design & Architecture Today

Watch The World’s Tallest Building Become An LED Display

Burj Khalifa gives a backstage look at how the transformation came to be

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Travel Today

Boeing Wants To Make Your Flight Better With Cloud And Star Projections

The manufacturer is trying to patent a projection system that would allow them to project images onto a plane's interior surfaces

Latin America Today

Colombians Teach Dance To Fund Students’ Education

Chocó to Dance is a platform that shows you how to replicate popular Latin dances to help create scholarships for local students

Related Expert

Elon Musk

Solar Power, Battery Technology, Sustainability

Work Today

Editorial Roundtable: What A People-First Workplace Must Prioritize First

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary, AltSchool and thinkPARALLAX on why employee fulfillment is a journey and not a destination

Culture Today

Brand Engagement At The Gates Of The World’s Largest Open-Air Gallery

Tiger Beer and a neighborhood-minded nonprofit celebrate and promote New York's creative spirit by beautifying 100 security gates

Automotive Today

Bike-Share Program Helps Students Save Money And Get To Class On Time

Zipcar and Zagster are creating sponsored programs across 500 U.S. college campuses

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed september 23, 2016

Productivity Expert: The Magic Of The Five-Hour Workday

Stephan Aarstol, Founder of Tower Paddle Boards, explains why the modern notion of office hours needs to evolve

PSFK Labs Today

Modern Workplace Culture: No More Fat Cats Or Kissing Ass

Samar Birwadker, CEO & Co-Founder of Good & Co, on designing shared organizational values to optimize employee happiness and success

Technology Today

How Technology Can Save The World By Saving Time

PSFK attends the Social Good Summit 2016 to see how new tech is changing the world for the better

Advertising Today

Lancôme’s Newest Campaign Stars A Domestic Abuse Survivor

Rosie Batty is the new face of the Love Your Age series, and is using the platform to bring awareness to a prevalent and deadly problem

Travel Today

Marriott’s Gravity Room Installation Gives Travelers A New Perspective

The luxury hotel chain's #MGravityRoom invites visitors to snap and share pictures of its inverted set up

Fitness / Sport Today

Shoe-Worn Device Helps Kids Perfect Their Soccer Kick

A new wearable helps youth players improve their placement skills and technique

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Syndicated Yesterday

Banned Books Week Urges People To Seek Out Controversial Works

Joining the annual celebration of the right to read, US author Jessica Herthel called for 'more information, more voices' to protect diversity

Augmented & Virtual Reality Yesterday

Outdoor Camp Presented In 360° VR By X Games Gold Medalist

The video features campers riding BMX trails, zip lining through the woods, and performing big-air jumps

No search results found.