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Forensic lab


  • To appreciate the variety of tests available to the Forensic Scientists
  • To observe latent fingerprinting development
  • To studyink identification
  • To do a breathalyzer analysis


Part 1. latent fingerprint development

The earliest recognition of the uniqueness of fingerprints and their suitability for personal identification came from the ancient Chinese, who employed a thumbprint in lieu of a signature on legal conveyances and even criminal confessions. Since literacy was uncommon, this proved a practical measure. The first scientific recognition of fingerprints in the West came in the 17th century, when the first studies on fingerprints were published in England and Italy. Two hundred years later Sir Francis Galton published a book, Finger Prints, were he proposed that no two fingers have identical ridge characteristics and fingerprints remain unchanged during the individual’s lifetime. Today the practice of utilizing fingerprints as means of identification is an indispensable aid to modern law enforcement.Fingerprints have been the reason for the solving of a vast amount of cases. Crime scene fingerprints fall into three types:

1. Patent or visible impressions occur as the result of transferring a foreign material (paint, grease, blood or ink) coating the skin of the fingers to the object.2. Plastic or molded impressions are deposited when the hands, fingers or feet are pressed into a soft rubbery type material (wax, putty, clay or tar) that will retain the impression of the ridge pattern in this material.3. Latent or hidden impressions are left on polished surfaces such as wood, metal or glass by the sweat-moist ridges of the fingertips. Since latent fingerprints are not visible to the naked eye, they need to be developed using one of the following techniques:

‘Powder and brush’technique: The surface is dusted with a very fine powder that sticks to the oils and perspiration that are left behind from the friction ridges of the skin. Some surfaces, however, absorb this powder and the fingerprints are not identifiable.

Laser luminescence: Involves illumination of fingerprints which fluoresce due to particles picked up during everyday life such as paints, inks and oil. It can be used on metals, plastic, cloth and wood.

Ninhydrin test: Indantrione hydrate is sprayed onto the fingerprint where it reacts with the amino acids, giving a dark purple deposit. It can be used to develop very old prints (made over 30 years ago).

Iodine vapor: Can be used to develop fingerprints on fabrics and rough surfaces. Iodine vapor alone is useful only for prints up to 24 hours old, however a mixture of the vapor with steam allows this method to be effective for up to two months. Prints developed by this method disappear rapidly, so it works well in situations where you want to conceal your work.

Most fingerprint development techniques are based on specific chemical reactions between the oily residues of a latent print and an applied chemical. The product of the reaction will have a new composition that is more visible and can be photographed to compare to other prints. A simple chemical method for fingerprint development is cyanoacrylate fuming.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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