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What can your fingerprints reveal about your lifestyle?

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20 April 2021

What can your fingerprints reveal about your lifestyle?

REF 2021

This case study was included as part of the Research Excellence Framework for 2021:

First published 6 March 2018 Reading time: 1 minute

Thanks to a new technique developed by our researchers, police can now discover more about the state of mind of a suspect.

Professor Simona Francese and her team have made a significant breakthrough into how fingerprints are analysed.

It centres around Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionisation Mass Spectrometry technology. Simona's team developed further this technology and adapted it to analyse and visualise the chemical information of a fingerprint.

It is now possible to use this technology in police casework where prints can be used far more effectively.

The results allow investigators insight into the lifestyle and frame of mind of a suspect – and create a far more detailed profile.

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