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

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Chapter 18. Lab IV-1 Dusting and Lifting Latent Fingerprints

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

  • Fingerprint brush

  • Fingerprint powder, black

  • Fingerprint powder, white

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Camera with macro capability (optional)

  • Desk lamp

  • Index cards or paper (white and black)

  • Scanner (optional)

  • Tape, packing or similar transparent

  • Ultraviolet (UV) light source (optional)

  • Specimens: objects with fingerprints

Background

We’ll begin with the oldest fingerprint development method, dusting. With the exception of using magnetic powders to treat recently touched ...

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