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March 12, 2012 at 11:57 AMComments: 2 Faves: 0

Apartment Complex Tests Dog Droppings for DNA!

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

An apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio is fed up with picking up their tenants’ dog doo doo. So, they decided to let forensics find the culprits by testing the dog droppings for DNA.

DNA can be extracted successfully from stool samples using a specific kit called the (get ready for a long name!) Profiler Plus Amplification Kit and ABI PRISM 310 Genetic Analyser. Phew, that was a mouthful…but all in all just a piece of equipment to remove DNA from the samples.

Now, scientists are helping apartment complex owners use the technology to link the dog droppings to the dog and their owner. In this particular case, managers say people found in violation will be fined $200. Yep. That's right. 200. If common courtesy wasn't enough, hopefully a fine will motivate owners pick up after their dog.

Jennifer Nelson who lives at the apartment complex always brings a plastic bag with her when she walks her dog, "It's the responsibility of every dog owner to really kind of take initiative to clean up after your dogs." 

I am still on the fence about whether this is a good solution or not. I see the apartment's point of view. They are tired of cleaning up after their renters. They want a consequence to be giving to those who are not abiding by the rules. At the same time, DNA testing seems to be taking it a little too far and it may just require too much time and effort.

What do you think?
Is the apartment complex going too far with DNA testing?
Or is it just what's needed in this situation?

Sources:

http://articles.ky3.com/2012-02-26/dna-analysis_31102580
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12353586

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2 Comments

  • Question: How are they going to compare the DNA sample found in the feces to the existing canine? Will the tenets be required to submit their dogs DNA sample when signing the lease?

  • Unfortunately the article didn't say HOW they would end up linking the dogs dropping DNA to the owner...hmmm...seems like they may have missed a very important part to that.

    but what you suggested seems like the only way they could really do that. And again...seems like it would just take too much work for it to be worth it. After all that DNA testing and the time it would take to link it to the right person...would a $200 fine really even cover all the effort?

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