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Utility of Microbes in Forensic Science

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1 hour

The presenter will discuss the definition of forensic microbiology, a timeline of when it first became popular, and how it differs from molecular epidemiology.  The webinar will then cover differences between classical microbiology and culture independent methods, as well as advantages and limitations to both.  Finally, the webinar will discuss pilot and large-scale culture-based and culture-independent microbial data associated with research in cause of death, trace evidence, and non-homicide crimes such as medical malpractice and sexual assault.  The presenter will also give background for postmortem interval, then cover microbial research in gravesoil, aquatic environments, and human studies.

The webinar will cover microbial research in nontraditional forensics such as environmental contamination, foodborne illness, plant pathogens, and antibiotic resistance source tracking. The webinar will conclude with needs that must be met for chains of custody and current limitations to forensic microbiology.

Date Created: January 5, 2021