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Characterization of adipocere formation in animal species.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15932099     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Adipocere is a soft white substance formed postmortem from fatty tissue in a decomposing body. In this preliminary study the formation of adipocere in soil was investigated for a number of animal species. Adipocere was formed from the fatty tissue of pig, cattle, sheep and rabbit. It was found that adipocere did not form from the fatty tissue of chicken or kangaroo in the time frame investigated. The issues being considered are relevant to the forensic examination of remains whose origin is otherwise uncertain or which are, in some way, related to human remains. Infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry were used to characterise the composition of adipocere formed in the various species after different burial durations. Adipocere was observed to form at different rates among the species, but there was no distinct evidence of the fundamental composition varying between species.
Shari L Forbes; Barbara H Stuart; Boyd B Dent; Sarah Fenwick-Mulcahy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2005 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-03     Completed Date:  2005-06-17     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  633-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Forensic Science, University of Western Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Adipose Tissue / chemistry,  metabolism*
Forensic Pathology
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Postmortem Changes*
Species Specificity

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