By Kelli Wiese | KRLD

DENTON (KRLD) — An associate professor of Chemistry at the University of North Texas has created a new tool to crack down on I-D theft, trace criminals and help in the fight against cancer.

The U.S. military and Department of Justice are already using the “nanomanipulator.”

The inventor, Guido Verbeck, says the device is designed to extract and analyze chemicals within the ridges of a fingerprint.

He says the Department of Justice will use this to analyze inks, paints, paper and other materials criminals use to make counterfeit documents.

“We just recently got a cancer award from the State of Texas to take this device and go into single cells and look at metabolism on cancer and non-cancer cells and look for pathways where cancers and tumors are formed,” said Verbeck.

(credit: Getty Images/American Cancer Society)

The hope is to have these in hospitals and with law enforcement around the country.

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