The Flies on a Dead Body Can Help Solve a Murder

Researchers are using mass spectrometry on fly eggs to help investigators speedily determine a corpse’s time of death. Here’s how it works.

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Fly-egg profiling method reveals a corpse’s ‘time of death’ faster
“Forensic entomologists figure out the insect species present and their current life stage-whether egg, larva, pupa, or adult-then use temperature and humidity at the site to get a time window for when colonization of the corpse occurred.”

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“A person’s gut bacteria and the colony of microbes that live in the body and on the skin may serve as a unique identifier, much like a fingerprint, researchers said.”

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