When Dead Bodies Become Dangerous

Concerned about grave robbers, the coffin torpedo was invented. It worked according to the Stark County Democrat, a newspaper in Ohio. On January 17, 1881, would be body snatchers found out about the effectiveness of a coffin torpedo. The man nearest to the coffin died during the explosion, while the second man suffered a brokenContinue reading “When Dead Bodies Become Dangerous”

Teeth: The Hidden Hero

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance manufactured by the human body.  It is also the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself.  About 23% of Americans do not have dental insurance. In cases of unknown bodies, medical examiners have managed to extract DNA from the pulp and cementum of a victim’s teeth.Continue reading “Teeth: The Hidden Hero”

Girl Power in DNA

The largest cell in the human body is the female egg. It is the only cell visible with the naked eye. Mitochondria, known as the powerhouse of the cell, is used in mitochondrial DNA, which is passed almost exclusively from mom to offspring through their egg cell. Just one more way to catch a killer.Continue reading “Girl Power in DNA”