New Method To Combat Terrorism: DNA Technology To Be Used For Identifying Bombers

By Soutrik Das | May 19, 2017 02:35 AM EDT

The harsh truth of terrorism has been worst since the advent of detonated pipe bombs. And as such bombs could be made with easily available materials, it gives the chance to those of the mean-minded destroyers to outlay their terrible activities on vast popularity. A team of researchers from Sam Houston State University (SHSU) has found out a new way to catch the makers of such bombs before any such Donterrorist attacks.

According to EurekAlert, the technique has been evolved with the utilization of DNA technology, which will allow the lawmaking departments and institution to find out the makers of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. The method will be used by the analyzation the recovered DNA of the immediate implementor or maker of such explosives.

Though this technique may look to be authentic for catching up the accused criminals, but there are certainly natural and other parameters as well which may affect the analysis process. Esiri Tasker, a Ph.D. student and the principal researcher of the study. "Issues such as high heat or low amounts of DNA can cause a DNA profile to be incomplete, or fail to produce a profile at all. Without the full picture, it is harder to identify suspects with DNA."

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Phys Org pointed that explosives like pipe bombs account to be the majority of the responsibilities of bombing attacks throughout the US. The reported data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives suggest that IEDs hold the responsibilities for 24 percent of all bombing in the country in 2014. These devices are also accounted to be the core reason for three-fourth of deaths due to bombings and the majority of the injuries due to law enforcement activities on terrorists.

Though other measures can also be considered to be as potential evidence, but DNA is said to be crucial among them for the perfect identification of the immediate assembler of such explosives. The team now believes that this will be addressed as a useful technique to combat terrorist attacks.

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