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Burn victim identified by maggots on body - life - 28 September 2012 - New Scientist


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WHEN Mexican police found a body in the woods it was burned beyond recognition, its DNA too damaged to be used for identification. Luckily, investigators were able to extract DNA from elsewhere - the digestive systems of maggots that had been feeding on the body. This is the first time that human DNA from a maggot gut has been analysed in this way to successfully identify a victim in a legal case.

Those producers on CSI and BONES et al are like, "We told you so!" and high fiving each other so hard right now while law enforcement all over the world roll its eyes.

Science: It's not just for television anymore!