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Police Use DNA From Fingerprints to Track Criminals, Report Says

June 19, 1997|From Times staff and wire reports

Fingerprints, like hair, semen and blood, carry DNA, and police are using the discovery to track down criminals, Australian scientists report in the June 19 Nature. Researchers at the Victoria Forensic Science Center tested objects regularly handled by volunteers, including leather briefcase handles, telephone handsets and a personal locker handle. But they also found that the last person who handled the objects did not necessarily leave more DNA than previous users.

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