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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
http://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i25/Blow-fly-eggs-identified-by-chemical-signature.html
“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.”

In Forensics, Microbiome May Become Next Fingerprint
https://www.seeker.com/in-forensics-microbiome-may-become-next-fingerprint-1769830447.html
“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.”

How Drug Forensics Work to Solve Overdose Mysteries
https://www.seeker.com/health/georgia-overdoses-produce-a-chemical-whodunit
“The pills were marked as Percocet, a widely prescribed opioid painkiller that’s popular among addicts. But they contained a drug cocktail that’s believed to have killed four people and put more than two dozen others in hospitals across south-central Georgia, according to the state Department of Public Health.”
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