Bone proteomics could reveal how long a corpse has been underwater

When a dead body is found, one of the first things a forensic pathologist tries to do is estimate the time of death. There are several ways to do this, including measuring body temperature or observing insect activity, but these methods don’t always work for corpses found in water. Now, researchers are reporting a mouse study in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research showing that certain proteins in bones could be used for this determination.