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Applied DNA Sciences lands $3M defense contract

James Hayward, chief executive, president and chairman, Applied

James Hayward, chief executive, president and chairman, Applied DNA Sciences Inc., security and anti-counterfeiting products, Stony Brook on April 25, 2011. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Applied DNA Sciences Inc., a Stony Brook company that makes anti-counterfeiting products with strands of DNA, has secured a $3 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense.

The two-year deal with the Defense Logistics Agency calls for Applied DNA to demonstrate how its technology could be used on bearings, piping, tubing and other components of military equipment.

The contract is a key breakthrough for the company, which has struggled for a decade to turn a profit as it has developed anti-counterfeiting stamps using plant DNA that can be embedded on microchips, military equipment, cash, rare bottles of wine and other items.

Applied DNA has lost $1.9 million during the first six months of 2014. The company's stock rose 12.5 percent Thursday, to 12 cents.

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