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DNA fingerprints from fingerprints

Nature volume 387, page 767 (19 June 1997) | Download Citation

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Forensic scientists regularly generate genetic profiles from old blood stains, seminal stains, vaginal swabs, hair, bone, urine and cigarette butts1,2,3,4,5,6. We show that an individual's genetic profile can now also be generated from swabs taken from objects touched by hands, providing a new tool for crime scene investigations. Our findings also demonstrate the need for caution when handling exhibits and when interpreting results.

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  1. Victoria Forensic Science Centre, Victoria Police, Macleod, Victoria3085, Australia

    • Roland A. H. van Oorschot
    •  & Maxwell K. Jones

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