Science and History of Fingerprints / Stem Cell Update

Guests:

Joe Palca
Senior Science Correspondent
National Public Radio
Washington, DC

Simon Cole
Author, Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification (Harvard University Press, 2001)
New York, New York

Colin Beavan
Author, Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case that Launched Forensic Science (Hyperion, 2001)
New York, New York

For more than a century, the police have relied on fingerprint evidence to catch and convict criminals. But some recent court cases have challenged the authority of fingerprint experts, and questioned the validity of fingerprint evidence. In this hour of Science Friday, we'll look at the history and science of fingerprinting. How hard is it to match prints to people? Plus, an update on stem cells.

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