What can microbiomes tell us about death? New MSU study explores the life of a corpse.

Apr 23, 2018



This story will make you think of watching CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, where police forensic investigators solve crimes.

A new study from Michigan State University finds there is much to be learned from studying the microbes and bugs found on a dead body. 


Jennifer Pechal, a forensic entomologist at Michigan State and the lead author of the study, joined Stateside to explain the research.


Listen above to hear what the research might be able to tell investigators about how someone died and about public health for the living. You'll also hear what Pechal hopes will become of this research into the future.


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