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Thai Researchers Create App For Gauging Time Of Death

Post by Udon Map » November 28, 2018, 1:00 pm

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From The Nation
By Mongkolchaowarat Thangmangmee

Here’s a handy mobile app for forensic crime investigators, and it came from Naresuan University in Phitsanulok.

Researchers there studied the blowfly’s life cycle, realised the knowledge could help determine how long a human has been dead, and developed the “iParasites” app for investigators.

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It can accurately detect the life-cycle stage of blowflies found feeding on corpses.

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Forensic entomology has relatively few practitioners in the world, so Nophawan Bunchu, a lecturer in microbiology and parasitology at the school’s Faculty of Medical Sciences, collaborated with Zenith Medi Touch executive Parinya Boonchai to develop the application, which represents the fruit of a 20-year study of various fly species.

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The app has already been patented and will be ready for general use early next year, Parinya said. It contains a glossary of terms and a 3D QR-code scanner to determine a cadaver’s time of death based on the blowfly’s stage of life.

Noppawan said she had been studying flies since she was an undergraduate and knew there were benefits to be gained from the knowledge, in spite of a general dislike of flies among the public. She said that, of the 96 species of flies found in Thailand, Chrysomya megacephala and Chrysomya rufifacies were most commonly linked to cadavers.

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The use of arthropods like flies in forensic investigation to determine time of death has been done in the past. The parasite’s stage of life is useful in tracing time of death especially more than 24 hours, Noppawan said.

In murder cases, the killer invariably overlooks such potential indicators when destroying evidence to cover up the crime, but arthropods present in the corpse can also indicate whether the body was moved from the scene of the murder and identify toxins in the body, she said.

Care must be taken, however, since flies also can contaminate the scene with traces of unrelated blood.


Courtesy of Nation Multimedia
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Re: Thai Researchers Create App For Gauging Time Of Death

Post by stattointhailand » November 28, 2018, 1:17 pm

Wow and there was me thinking that the time of death could be calculated by determining the time when the pothole had enough rainwater in it to make it appear like a small puddle :-k


Of course if the murderer sprayed some fly spray in the area then the flies wouldnt infest the corpse until several hours later making the app about as useful as a set of traffic lights in Thailand :-"

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Re: Thai Researchers Create App For Gauging Time Of Death

Post by Giggle » November 28, 2018, 1:22 pm

Alternatively, if the deceased was a soap-dodger, an abundance of flies would have preceded death.

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Post by glalt » November 28, 2018, 2:37 pm

Giggle wrote:
November 28, 2018, 1:22 pm
Alternatively, if the deceased was a soap-dodger, an abundance of flies would have preceded death.
Good point, LOL. I have changed baht bus seats and even gotten off early to get away from some soap dodgers. Maybe I should add that those foul smelling creatures were mostly farangs.

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Post by MusicalBars » November 28, 2018, 7:39 pm

only in Thailand where the crime scene preservation is so bad could this app even dare to be paintented its a bloody joke

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Re: Thai Researchers Create App For Gauging Time Of Death

Post by stattointhailand » November 29, 2018, 7:11 am

Cant blame the students, they think that police forces the world over get the victims to point at an empty space where something or someone was while they take a "selfie" [-X :roll:

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