Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New use for DNA testing

Via BBC:

Petah Tikva (a city near Tel Aviv) is establishing a database of doggie DNA so they can tell who's not cleaning up after their dogs.

"Dr Tika Bar-On explains the process of getting the DNA

"Owners were reacting positively to the six-month trial programme, she told the agency, because they wanted their streets to be clean.

"At the moment providing a DNA sample was up to individual dog owners, but the city was considering making it compulsory, she added.

"Failure to clear up dog mess is not confined to Petah Tikva. In the UK, some councils have resorted to using CCTV and undercover patrols to identify offenders in particular trouble spots."

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