ASM Microbe: Could your microbial signature be used in forensics?

Researchers have demonstrated that microbial signatures could be used to identify individuals involved in crimes such as burglaries, according to research presented at ASM Microbe (7–11 June, Atlanta, GA, USA).

Humans emit approximately 36 million microbial cells per hour into their immediate environment, providing an opportunity to trace these signatures to their original source. The potential of tracking microbial signatures has already been demonstrated by matching individuals to computer keyboards or personal devices.

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