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NCJ Number: 77977 Find in a Library
Title: Fingermark Recovery - An Outline of Some Current Reagents and a Look to the Future
Journal: Police Research Bulletin  Issue:35/36  Dated:(Autumn 1980/Spring 1981)  Pages:32-38
Author(s): F Reed
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 7
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article describes some recent work done in the United Kingdom in the field of fingerprint detection.
Abstract: Fingerprint research is done in the United Kingdom by the Police Scientific Development Branch, which has charge of the physics-based projects and those requiring the development of specialized equipment, and by the Central Research Establishment, which is responsible for mainly chemical or biological projects. As a result of this research, techniques and methods have been developed which are already in operational use. These include metal deposition, involving the use of a vacuum plant similar to those used in industry for coating plastics, and the small particle reagent, which uses the submersion of molybdenum disulphide powder in water. Other methods are the 35 SPD physical developer, gentian violet, cyanoacrylate ester (super glue), and extension to ninhydrin reagent. Despite a substantial amount of research, a number of areas remain in which no entirely satisfactory method is available. Of these, the most intractable is human skin. Only one American case is so far on record where a latent print developed from a homicide victim's skin has been identified with an offender. Fabrics, blood marks, and metal surfaces are three other areas where difficulties persist. Photographs and 11 references are given.
Index Term(s): Crime laboratories; Latent fingerprints; United Kingdom (UK)
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