A Recovery Method for Airborne Gunshot Residue Retained in Human Nasal Mucus

    Volume 40, Issue 4 (July 1995)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 3


    Zona, CA
    Research Microscopist, McCrone Research Institute, Chicago, IL

    Schwartz, RH
    Research Microscopist, McCrone Research Institute, Chicago, IL

    (Received 17 June 1994; accepted 22 October 1994)

    Abstract

    Each living person is equipped with their own personal particle filter, a nose. The human nose is capable of filtering and trapping airborne gunshot residue (AGSR) from discharged firearms. An extraction/concentration technique has been developed to recover the AGSR retained in human nasal mucus. The technique has successfully recovered abundant AGSR from 48 hours post-firing sample collection times. The AGSR particles were characterized by a JEOL™ 6400 scanning electron microscope coupled with a Noran™ Voyager energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer.


    Paper ID: JFS13845J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13845J

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    Title A Recovery Method for Airborne Gunshot Residue Retained in Human Nasal Mucus
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