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NCJ Number: 35740 Find in a Library
Title: PROBABILITIES AND HUMAN PUBIC HAIR COMPARISONS
Journal: JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES  Volume:21  Issue:3  Dated:(JULY 1976)  Pages:514-517
Author(s): B D GAUDETTE
Corporate Author: American Soc for Testing and Materials
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United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: American Soc for Testing and Materials
West Conhohocken, PA 19428-2959
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DESCRIPTION OF A STUDY WHICH COMPARED THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A LARGE SAMPLE OF HUMAN PUBIC HAIRS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE GUIDELINES ON THE PROBABILITIES INVOLVED IN MATCHING PUBIC HAIR SAMPLES.
Abstract: BY USE OF A CARD CODING SYSTEM FOR SOME MACROSCOPIC AND MICROSCOPIC CHARACTERISTICS OF HUMAN PUBIC HAIRS, 101,368 COMPARISONS WERE MADE BETWEEN 454 HAIRS FROM 60 DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS. OF THESE, 16 PAIRS WERE FOUND TO BE SIMILAR. FOR A CAUCASIAN POPULATION, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT IF ONE HUMAN PUBIC HAIR IS FOUND TO BE SIMILAR TO AT LEAST ONE OF A GROUP OF SIX TO ELEVEN MUTUALLY DISSIMILAR HAIRS FROM A GIVEN SOURCE, THE PROBABILITY THAT IT COULD HAVE ORIGINATED FROM ANOTHER SOURCE IS SMALL, ABOUT 1 IN 800. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Criminalistics; Evidence identification; Hair and fiber analysis
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