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Police can now identify criminals by their germs.

Criminals used to have to worry about leaving fingerprints, and then DNA evidence...  Now they have to worry about leaving their germs.  Researchers at the University of Colorado have developed a forensics system that can identify who has been at a crime scene based on the combination of bacteria they've left behind.  Each person's hands have a unique combination of bacteria strains, and the researchers found that swabs of objects handled by a person will have percentages of bacteria strains close enough to the combination to identify the person.  Washing hands will not thwart identification because the bacteria will repopulate in the same combination.

LiveScience article.
Tags: bacteria, crime, criminals, csi, forensics, germs, identification, police
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