A Future Where Police Bees Conduct Genetic Surveillance Of Your Garden?
Other than a few obvious illegal narcotic plants, it hadn’t occurred to me that the genetics of what is growing in a person’s garden could become a police matter. Even more intriguing/trippy was the possibility of the police using bees for surveillance and for forensically identifying the pollen that the bees came back with. If that pollen is genetically outside of the law, the police could use the bees to track a person right to the house he or she lives in.
Crimes and Clues conducted a survey of U.S. police departments and forensics labs, the FBI, and U.S. Customs which revealed only 6% even knew that pollen can be used as a forensic tool. Apparently, I’m not the only one who is unfamiliar with forensic palynology (pollen forensics).
Thomas Thwaites, however, has put a great deal of thought into genetic engineering and the policing of those genes. Thwaites pointed out that the ability to insert genes into plants is now DIY technology available to both the amateur and the criminal. “Policing Genes speculates that, like other technologies, genetic engineering will also find a use outside the law, with innocent-looking garden plants being modified to produce narcotics and unlicensed pharmaceuticals.”