The Scent of Death (and Why It's Important) — Speaking of Chemistry

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Reactions Science Videos | October 27, 2016

Studying odors from corpses may sound macabre, but it's actually a virtuous vocation. Researchers in this field are helping find missing bodies lost in natural disasters or hidden by murderers. Huge thanks to Mary Cablk for her help with this episode and for sharing her amazing photos and videos of Inca. Learn more about Mary's work here: https://www.dri.edu/mary-cablk-research

If this episode leaves you wanting more macabre chemistry, check out the featured resources below.

Scientists search for death’s aroma | C&EN
http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i14/Sc...

Stiff | A New York Times bestseller by Mary Roach
http://maryroach.net/stiff.html

Forensic Anthropology Center | University of Tennessee
https://fac.utk.edu/

And did you know you can buy putrescine and cadaverine online? It's true. Google it.

 

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