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Fingerprints can help identify you, but they can also spot if you are a smoker, drink coffee, take drugs, or have  handled explosives. Fingerprints are made up of oil and sweat, and these carry traces of drugs, including nicotine and caffeine. Tiny particles with antibodies attached, or hi-tech laboratory techniques, can spot and highlight these traces, or find very small amounts of explosives.

Read the abstract in Angewandte Chemie.

Blood tests for blood groups are very important, but are not always easy to interpret. In JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry writes a question and gets the answer in writing on the pages of a diary. A team of Australian researchers have developed a blood test, published in Angewandte Chemie, where the blood type results appear in writing, using paper with antibodies against antigens on the blood cells.

A blood test in plain writing

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