We already know how bacteria-filled phone surfaces and computer keyboards are, but what if we used this to our advantage? A study performed by UC San Diego researchers used molecules found on people’s phones to reveal what that said about their lifestyle.”By analyzing the molecules they’ve left behind on their phones, we could tell if a person is likely female, uses high-end cosmetics, dyes her hair, drinks coffee, prefers beer over wine, likes spicy food, is being treated for depression, wears sunscreen and bug spray — and therefore likely spends a lot of time outdoors — all kinds of things,” – one of the researchers said. For the future, this discovery could have multiple uses. Forensics labs could use the information found on phones, when DNA isn’t present, to connect it back to its owner. With more elaborate research on this method, researchers could eventually study skin particles found on these surfaces during clinical trials to see how patients metabolize certain drugs more than others, in order to further test their effectiveness, and possibly open a new route towards personalized medicine.
Full article can be found here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161114152820.htm
Written by Alex Fridgant