(Received 1 April 1999; accepted 10 August 1999)
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An exhibit that is often received for examination in cases of robbery or terrorist activity is adhesive tape. This type of exhibit can often, but not always, be successfully processed for fingerprints. The question arises whether or not it is possible to extract and type DNA after the tape has been sequentially processed for fingerprints. In this work, various donors left fingerprints on the adhesive side of tapes. The tapes were then sequentially processed for fingerprints using an alternate light source, cyanoacrylate fuming, and staining with BY-40 and then crystal violet. DNA was subsequently successfully extracted, amplified and typed for six STR loci.
Scientific Officer, Biology Laboratory, Israel Police National H.Q., Division of Identification and Forensic Science (DIFS), Jerusalem,
Scientific Officer, Toolmarks and Materials Laboratory, DIFS,
Head, Fingerprint Development Laboratory, DIFS,
Stock #: JFS14749J