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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Scientists have found a way to predict the time of death

Scientists have found a way to estimate the time of death more accurately. The new way of allowing scientists to set the time of death until 10 days after the death of a person.

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Experimental Biology in Prague on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 was a significant breakthrough. During this time, the time of death determined by measuring the temperature, which can only be accurate up to 36 hours after the death of a person.
The new method could establish an accurate time of death after as much as 10 days. (Picture from: http://bbc.in/1LWlzb5)
The team of scientists studied the muscle protein in pigs. Based on the characteristics, pig muscle has similarities with human muscle. Muscles are made of protein molecules will undergo decomposition when someone dies.

"It happened on a particular protein and at a certain time," said Peter Steinbacher who do research. "Even the products of decay that can only be found at certain times."

"So, if you know what products are contained in a sample, then you will know when the individual is deceased," said researchers from the University of Salzburg was quoted as saying by the BBC on Wednesday.

Steincbacher and team analyzed more than 60 samples of muscle tissue from the forensic department at the University of Salzburg. The results showed, prediction time of death by analysis of proteins contained in the sample is quite accurate.

"We now need more samples to determine whether gender, body mass index, temperature, humidity, and other influences muscle protein reshuffle time," said Steinbacher. He hopes within three years of the new method can be applied in forensics. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BBC]
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