(Received 8 February 1973; accepted 25 July 1973)
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In the analysis of substances removed from the vagina of a victim, the criminalist relies upon histological and chemical tests that must possess the highest degree of accuracy and specificity to afford no margin of error. The identification of intact spermatozoa by proper histological techniques is the best proof for the demonstration of seminal fluid. There are many situations in which morphologically complete spermatozoa cannot be isolated, including old specimens, aspermia, azoospermia, heavy menstrual flow, or cleansing by the victim. In these cases, reliable chemical tests are an absolute necessity.
Chief forensic chemist, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Forensic Laboratory, Denver, Colo.
Chemist, Forensic Laboratory, Denver, Colo.
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