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Fingerprints Enhance the Sense of Touch

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Science  30 Jan 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5914, pp. 572-573
DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5914.572b

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Some scientists have argued that the tiny ridges on our fingertips improve our grip on slippery objects; others have suggested that they improve our sense of touch. Online in Science this week , a team of physicists presents circumstantial evidence for the latter theory.