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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Detecting fake Egyptian cotton

US biotech firm using genetic tagging to detect fake Egyptian cotton: Bloomberg Businessweek’s Shannon Pettypiece details the work of US-based biotech firm Applied DNA Sciences, upon which a group of retailers and manufacturers are relying on “to avoid the fate of Target, which recalled 750k fake Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases after discovering they contained a less expensive form of cotton… the technology, developed by Applied DNA Sciences, uses tiny genetic markers that are sprayed on the cotton at the gin just before being packaged and sent to be turned into yarn.” (Read DNA testing could put an end to fake Egyptian cotton)

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