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NCJ Number: 202538 Find in a Library
Title: Biology of Skin
Journal: Journal of Forensic Identification  Volume:53  Issue:5  Dated:September/October 2003  Pages:585-595
Author(s): Alice Maceo
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 11
Type: Book Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the book The Biology of Skin, edited by R. K. Freinkel and D. Woodley.
Abstract: The book explains how skin functions, which is relevant to those in the latent fingerprint profession. The article suggests that reviewing scientific literature on fingerprint analysis is useful after beginning the job because it holds relevance for everyday work. Understanding how the skin functions is intriguing because it lends understanding to the concept of fingerprint permanence, which is a fundamental assumption in fingerprint analysis work. Key components of the book are outlined, including overviews of homeostasis, epidermis and how it is regulated, and proliferation. Methods of homeostasis and the various layers of the skin are described, as is the cell cycle and its regulation. Finally, there is a section on what to explain to a jury about how skin functions and the permanence of fingerprints.
Main Term(s): Forensic sciences
Index Term(s): Biological influences; Fingerprints
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