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Science & Tech  (tags: fingerprints, desorption electrospray ionization, identification, medical targeting, surgery, substance detection, Prosolia, mass spectrometry )

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Your fingerprints can now be analyzed to discover what you've touched. The analyzer that does this - if it can be miniaturized and automated - will also be able to find molecules associated with cancer in the human body.


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RC deWinter (418)
Friday August 8, 2008, 3:45 am
Like so many new technologies of today, this amazing tool is a double-edged sword - a potential invasion of privacy and a potential boost toward finding and eliminating disease.

Tim Redfern (581)
Friday August 8, 2008, 4:59 am
More toys for Big Brother to play with.
I see this gizmo being used more in courtrooms
than in hospitals.


Thanks, Cate.

Phyllis P (232)
Friday August 8, 2008, 5:10 am
I agree Tim. It's a mask for something more. Thanks for the story.

Gayle M (444)
Friday August 8, 2008, 5:44 am
Interestingly, when I was first dx'd with Myologic Encephalitis *known in the USA as CFS* one of the symptoms is a LOSS of fingerprints on the hands. I can track the viral load in my body by looking at my hands!

Joycey B (750)
Friday August 8, 2008, 6:29 am
Very interesting story Cate. Noted with thanks.

Stephen Hannon (203)
Friday August 8, 2008, 7:00 am
Noted, thanks Cate

I agree with Tim

Past Member (0)
Friday August 8, 2008, 7:28 am
I too agree with Tim...just more Big Brother invading where it shouldn't be..and I did sign for Julie...thanks cate...noted

James M (190)
Friday August 8, 2008, 7:56 am
Fascinating, and potentially dangerous in the wrong hands, so I'm sure it's only a matter of time. My last career I operated a ICP-MS, which is a mass spectrometer coupled with a "inductively coupled plasma." Essentially I was able to break up samples in solution into the individual ions and measure the concentrations of elements contained. It amazed me on a daily basis that what I was doing was "counting atoms." It doesn't surprise me that the technology could soon be used in a invasive manner.

Terrie Williams (798)
Friday August 8, 2008, 8:17 am
I agree with Tim. NOTHING we invent or create anymore is used for the good--for the enlightenment or advancement of humanity--no--it is first and foremost used AGAINST humanity, invasive, combative and militarized. It is used to control, to instill fear, to separate and divide. Why can we not, as a species, evolve past our baser instincts?

Jim Phillips (3247)
Friday August 8, 2008, 10:04 am
"If a Desi analyzer can be miniaturized and automated into a surgical tool, a surgeon could, for example, quickly test body tissues for the presence of molecules associated with cancer. “That’s the long-term aim of this work,” Dr. Cooks said."

A marvelous tool that can be used to find diseases in a medical fashion but, there is a sinister side to this new technology.

TY, Cate.


RC deWinter (418)
Friday August 8, 2008, 11:07 am
PLEASE sign JUSTICE FOR JULIE There is a full list of facts on the petition site. If you'll take a moment to check them out, you'll sign! Many thanks for caring.

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RC deWinter (418)
Friday August 8, 2008, 1:27 pm
Well, I sure am glad we're all suspicious first thought was "How will the government and unscrupulous employers use this to frame people?"

David Gould (155)
Friday August 8, 2008, 4:52 pm
One of the things this thing can also do is to lift fingerprints from under other can work out which print belongs to which as we all have unique make-up to our prints a bit like our DNA.

Like many tools it could and hopefully will be used properly to detect desease or criminals...on the other hand we have all seen how science can be manipulated to evil intent by those so minded....personally my glass is still half full...(and I live in Scotland!)

Jessica C (178)
Friday August 8, 2008, 5:48 pm
I have to echo Cate's most recent comment. At least our suspicion shows that we are alert to the tactics of corporations and governments.

. (0)
Friday August 8, 2008, 8:36 pm
i didn't do it noted thank you

Yvette Bonanno (56)
Friday August 8, 2008, 9:27 pm
It would be great if they would use it for good and cure diseases with it,but big brother probaly has other plans in mind for it.

Deborah Hooper (59)
Friday August 8, 2008, 11:13 pm
Glad I'm not the only cynic! Better go wash the pot off.

Marjorie G (29)
Friday August 8, 2008, 11:34 pm
Oh Man!Just think of this every time you touch money these days you transfer cocaine and/or meth to your hands,would you have any protection from false arrest or seizure of your property?The cancer thing is great though!

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday August 9, 2008, 6:45 am
This sounds like an improvement over the mammogram - OUCH!

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