from the June 2009 issue

DNA helps track down stolen cow in Israel

Police used DNA to track down a stolen cow in the Upper Galilee, the first time such a method has been used in Israel.

The breeding cow, named Gilad, was found in the village of Rama - not far from Moshav Hazon where it was stolen .

The cow's ears - which had an identification tag on them - had been cut off by the thieves.

But what the thieves did not know was that the cow had undergone blood tissue tests in the past, the results of which are stored in a computerized database along with the DNA of another 20,000 cows that have undergone tests in Israel. Guy Evron, who conducted the genetic tracking program for the company Baktochen, confirmed for police that the cow was Gilad

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report June 2009

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