Chulalongkorn Medical Journal


The estimation of the postmortem interval (PMI) is necessary for supporting justice to the dead. During the early stage of death, estimation of PMI of the corpses depends on the changing of muscle contraction and physical conditions, but this method can be used effectively in case of death within 24 hours. Flies are the first organisms which swarm on corpses. Consequently, accuracy of the estimation of PMI using fly larvae collected from corpses depends on identification of the species of flies. However, the macroscopic method using posterior spiracle is not definite for identifying the species of flies. Therefore, the molecular identification is used for solving this problem.


Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

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