Microbes and Microbiome: How Dust DNA Evidence Might Help Solve Crimes

April 15, 2015 8:13 PM

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Microbes and Microbiome: How Dust DNA Evidence Might Help Solve Crimes

Call them the dust busters: Scientists are now able to take a sample of dust, sequence the DNA of its fungi and microbes and figure out where it came from, according to new research published in the journal PLOS ONE. The application might prove useful in solving crimes.

The researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder, had about 1,000 people across the country swab their homes’ outer door frames and send in samples of the dust. A lab sequenced all that dust DNA—fungi, microbes and all—from every state but North Dakota. (T...

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