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Ed German
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000 - 11:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It is possible for latent print residue (eccrine gland secretions or contaminants that may be on the hands) to permeate thin latex surgical type gloves.

It is also possible for the exterior of the gloves to pick-up contaminants in a configuration matching the underlying ridges. Sometimes this happens because the gloves may hug or conform to the ridge shape. More often, it is a result of the local pressure exerted on the glove by the underlying ridges along with an ideal viscosity in the contaminant (almost dry oily residue, greasy dirt, etc.) on the surface touched. The result in these (non-permeating) situations is not latent print residue transferring through the gloves, but the gloves acting like a rubber stamp.

--Ed German
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justin
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2000 - 10:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was watching this show on A&E...this person wore latex gloves and robbed this house. He touched everything in the house, but the police still caught him. Did his fingerprints go through the gloves ???

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