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Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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Chapter 10. Lab II-3 Make Scale Casts of Hair Specimens

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from http://www.thehomescientist.com, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

  • Forceps

  • Slides, flat

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Microscope (40X, 100X, and 400X)

  • Nail polish (colorless)

  • Nail polish remover (or acetone)

  • Specimen(s): human hair

Warning

Although none of the activities in this lab session present any significant risks, as a matter of good practice, you should always wear splash goggles, gloves, and protective clothing when working in the lab, if only to avoid contaminating specimens.

Background

The cuticle is made up of overlapping ...

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