Imaging of latent fingerprints through the detection of drugs and metabolites

Pompi Hazarika, Sue M. Jickells, Kim Wolff, David A. Russell

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Magnetic particles functionalised with anti-cotinine antibody have been used to image latent fingermarks through the detection of the cotinine antigen in the sweat deposited within the fingerprints of smokers. The antibody–magnetic particle conjugates are readily applied to latent fingerprints while excess reagents are removed through the use of a magnetic wand. The results have shown that drug metabolites, such as cotinine, can be detected and used to image the fingermark to establish the identity of an individual within 15 minutes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10167-10170
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie-International Edition
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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