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NCIS

Season 8 Episode 3

Short Fuse

5
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 2010 on CBS

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    • GOOF: Ducky tells Palmer that pineapple contains an acid called pectin that can remove fingerprints. There are a number of errors in his statement: First, the enzyme in pineapple that allegedly has this effect is bromelain, not pectin, and its effect on fingerprints are far from generally accepted. Second, unlike many fruits, pineapples actually contain little to no pectin which means that in order to make pineapple jam, pectin has to be added for the jam to set. Finally, neither pectin nor bromelain is an acid (at least not in the sense of their action of fingerprints). Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme (i.e. it breaks down proteins), and that property is said to be the cause of its effects on fingerprints. It's possible that Ducky has confused Pectin with Papain, a protease similar to bromelain that is found in papaya.

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