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Medical Museum Science Café

Bugs, Bones and Dirt: Human Decomposition Ecology and Postmortem Microbiology

Human decomposition is dependent on the environment—how our bodies end up depends on how a person was interred; the decomposer community, such as insects and animals; the number of bacterial cells in the body; and more. Join forensic anthropologist Franklin Damann, Ph.D., for a discussion about how studying the microbial community can help provide an estimate of the time since death. Additionally, he will share information about his current research as well as case studies from the University of Tennessee Anthropology Research Facility, also known as "The Body Farm."

When:Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Silver Spring Civic Building, Fenton Room, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Free! Open to the public, no RSVP required.
For more information, call (301) 319-3303 or email USArmy.Detrick.MEDCOM-USAMRMC.List.Medical-Museum@mail.mil