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The Spice of Crime

Monday 16th July / posted by Danae Gibson

Could common spices like turmeric, cinnamon and paprika be used instead of traditional black carbon powders in detecting fingerprints from crime scenes?

Despite being used by forensic investigators for decades, carbon powders can be hazardous and expensive – often using ferrous oxide and other metallic compounds to create a fine black powder that investigators use to dust for prints.

Common spices are cheaper and more readily available, prompting Masters of Forensics student Renee Ang to test their suitability as fingerprint enhancement agents.

RTR FM's Jane Hebiton spoke to Dr Brendan Chapman from Murdoch University to talk about the latest findings.

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