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Time of death written in your genes — and it could...

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When our heart stops beating, our body tissues don't instantly up and die too. The genetic machinery inside some cells can keep whirring away...

Inside the Australia body farm: Where scientists and detectives go to...

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The barbed wire gate creaks open, beckoning us into a most unusual paddock. A few steps forward and we all stand still, staring. The first...

Human remains decompose in B.C. waters in less than four days

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Human remains lost in deep waters off the B.C. coast decompose at a much faster rate than previously thought, suggests a new Simon Fraser...

New forensics technique calculates exact time of death

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Determining the time of death isn't an exact science, and it becomes less and less exact as time passes. But a new method, developed...

What Happens To Our Bodies After We Die?

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Our focus tends to be on dying, death and the afterlife - but how many of us know what actually happens to our physical vessel when...

Watch How Maggots Help Solve Crimes

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Forensic entomologists study how bugs colonize dead bodies to help establish a time of death. Maggots, which are actually the larvae of flies, have helped...

Forensic Entomologists Hunt Down Insects to Help Catch Criminals

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Following the trail of insects can lead forensic entomologists to clues about a crime scene. Anne Perez, a forensic entomologist at Saint Joseph’s College,...

Video: Measuring PMI with Maggots

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The Smithsonian Channel series: Catching Killers have created an informative case study video to show how in 1935, when decomposing body parts were found under a bridge, maggots...

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