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You leave a ‘microbe fingerprint’ on every piece of clothing you wear – and it could help forensic scientists solve crimes

By Paola A. Magni, Associate Professor of Forensic Science, Murdoch University
Noemi Procopio, Senior Research Fellow, School of Law and Policing, University of Central Lancashire
Sarah Gino, Associate professor, Università del Piemonte Orientale
When you think of a criminal investigation, you might picture detectives meticulously collecting and analysing evidence found at the scene: weapons, biological fluids, footprints and fingerprints. However, this is just the beginning of an attempt to reconstruct the events and individuals involved in the crime.

At the heart of the process lies the “principle of exchange” formulated by the French criminologist Edmond Locard in the early 1900s, which…The Conversation

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