Parabon NanoLabs, a Virginia-based technology development firm, has announced that they have received a Small Business and Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a GenomeWeb Daily News article. The grant was awarded to Parabon for the development of a biometric system capable of verifying both identity and kinship.
The goal of the project is to utilize DNA as a mode for authentication and to keep the device created to about the size of a briefcase. Additional factors that Parabon has kept in mind during design is results from the machine coming in under 45 minutes, with a cost less than $50 and with a 99.99% accuracy.
The immediate expectation is for a device such as this to be integral in mass-casualty situations, reconnecting family members following evacuations, identifying missing persons and assist in crime scene evidence gathering.
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