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Time Of Death Determined By Microbial Clock

September 30, 2013

A new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder suggests that forensic scientists could use the microbial clock to determine time of death. One of the first questions asked – which you would know if you watch Law and Order – is what time did the victim die? But current techniques, like timing of last text messages, aren’t reliable. A microbial clock is essentially a succession of bacterial changes that occur postmortem as bodies move through the decay process. And researchers say these patterns are consistent in corpses post-mortem, and this technique could be complementary to current techniques.

[ Read the Article: Forensics May Rely On ‘Microbial Clock’ To Establish Time Of Death ]

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