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Subspecialties Forensics

A New Forensic Body Clock

Determining postmortem interval (PMI), the time which has elapsed since a person has died, as exactly as possible is a vital component of many forensic cases. Currently, body temperature is the most accurate method of determining PMI, but depending on the environmental temperature, clothing, age, as well as a number of other factors, this method is only useful for up to 36 hours after death, leaving the door wide open to techniques which can accurately work after this time (1). So it’s no surprise that methods for determining PMI are constantly being re-evaluated and refined.

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