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NEW YORK – A patent application has been filed for a ‘biomarker’ which can be used to forensically proof the geographic origin of Egyptian cotton. US-based molecular tagging and traceability experts, Applied DNA Sciences, have filed the application for a biomarker for Giza 94 cotton, the largest planted Egyptian cotton varietal used in the production of premium cotton textiles.

The Egyptian cotton sector has been rocked by a series of controversies in recent years, most recently in 2016 when major American bedding sheets retailers, such as Walmart, Bath & Beyond, and Target, had pull huge amounts of their sheet products off the shelves after discovering that their bedding sheet supplier had sold them falsely-labelled Egyptian cotton products.

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