Hi-Rel Group

Applied DNA takes on missile defense

By GREGORY ZELLER // The U.S. Department of Defense is calling on Applied DNA Sciences to secure the electronic guts of the nation’s missile-defense systems. As part of a two-year contract with the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, the Stony Brook-based biotech firm is partnering with Hi-Rel Group, a Connecticut manufacturer of highly specialized metal components for what’s known as microelectronic packaging, to produce seals marked with SigNature DNA, Applied DNA Science’s flagship authentication product. Specifically,…