Individual Characteristics of Chemically Modified Human Hairs Revealed by Scanning Electron Microscopy

    Volume 28, Issue 2 (April 1983)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 April 1983

    Page Count: 14


    Kingston, CR
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY

    Kobilinsky, L
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY

    Choudhry, MY
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY

    De Forest, PR
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY

    (Received 22 May 1982; accepted 19 August 1982)

    Abstract

    Hair that is treated with several different chemical reagents including those that are proteolytic, denaturing, or disulfide bond-reducing agents, undergoes structural alterations both internally and externally as revealed by scanning electron microscopic analysis. Some of these agents produce varying degrees of morphologic alterations in hairs obtained from different individuals. It would seem that this technique can be useful in the discrimination of human hairs from different individuals, since the chemically induced topological changes on the hair shaft apparently exhibit a high degree of intraindividual consistency.


    Paper ID: JFS11510J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11510J

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    Title Individual Characteristics of Chemically Modified Human Hairs Revealed by Scanning Electron Microscopy
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