Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Forensic Science & Clinical Toxicology
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

Innovative Fingerprint Analysis is Trialled by Police

Published: Saturday, April 05, 2014
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Bookmark and Share
Pioneering technology designed by Sheffield Hallam University to provide an in-depth analysis of fingerprints is being tried and tested at crime scenes.

The technology, known as Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MALDI-MSI) has been developed by researchers at the University's Biomedical Research Centre (BMRC) who have been working with West Yorkshire Police to trial the technology on fingermarks left at scenes of crime.

The team, led by Dr Simona Francese have been lifting marks from crimes and taking them back to the University's laboratories to test for traces of drugs, hair and cleaning products and condom lubricants as well as other substances of forensic interest that will provide crime investigators with crucial background information about a criminal's activities prior to committing a crime.

In laboratory settings the technology has proven that it may be used to determine the sex of the criminal and has been shown to be compatible with current procedures undertaken by crime investigators across the country.

Further access has been granted to crime scenes to allow the team to develop the technology to become more forensically viable and following Home Office funding in 2011 for further development, it has been deemed to have the potential to be adopted into standard forensic investigation policies. 

MALDI-MSI, which is a powerful technology normally used to map different molecules within tissue sections, produces multiple images of fingermarks which are made up of materials from the surface of the skin and from gland secretions.

Conventionally, fingermarks found at the scene of a crime are lifted after using a powder to enhance them, and are then compared with prints on a police database to identify a suspect.

The research team also discovered that the cooking spice, turmeric can be used as the powder to lift fingermarks within the MALDI-MSI process.


Further Information

Join For Free

Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 3,200+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 4,700+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.


Scientific News
ASMS 2016: Targeting Mass Spectrometry Tools for the Masses
The expanding application range of MS in life sciences, food, energy, and health sciences research was highlighted at this year's ASMS meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
Gender Determination in Forensic Investigations
This study investigated the effectiveness of lip print analysis as a tool in gender determination.
Identifying Novel Types of Forensic Markers in Degraded DNA
Scientists have tried to verify the nucleosome protection hypothesis by discovering STRs within nucleosome core regions, using whole genome sequencing.
What Makes a Good Scientist?
It’s the journey, not just the destination that counts as a scientist when conducting research.
Identifying Vietnamese Wartime Remains
Mike Coble presented latest methods for analyzing DNA from human remains in Hanoi.
Genes For Nose Shape Found
Genes that drive the shape of human noses have been identified by a UCL-led study.
Using Portable Nanopore DNA Sequencers to Combat Wildlife Crime
University of Leicester researchers aim to develop a test using DNA to identify species at crime scenes in as little as an hour.
World’s Oldest Human Footprints Investigated
Bournemouth University researchers investigate world’s oldest human footprints with software designed to decode crime scenes.
Beating the Backlog in Criminal Investigations
Andrew Sheldon, Chief Technical Officer at UK Digital Forensics specialists Evidence Talks, says there is a way to beat the backlog in processing digital evidence.
Bringing the Lab to the Crime Scene
Developing a miniature mass spectrometer to allow instant analysis of evidence.
SELECTBIO

SELECTBIO Market Reports
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
3,200+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
4,700+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FOR FREE!