FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 27, 2016

The scent of death (video)

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2016 — Some scientists have an important, if morbid, job: They study the smell of decomposing human bodies. By understanding the chemical makeup of human cadaver smell, as opposed to the smell of other decomposing animals, forensic scientists could improve the training of cadaver dogs and corpse recovery efforts. Find out more about this macabre but meaningful work in the latest Speaking of Chemistry video:

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