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Forensic investigation of drowning
  1. John P. Cassella1,
  2. Samantha Lehan1 and
  3. Simon Newbery2
  1. 1Department of Forensic Science and Crime Science, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, Science Centre, Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DF, e-mail:
  2. 2Greenside Veterinary Surgery, 14-16 Greenside, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S75 6GU

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WE have recently started a forensically-themed PhD research project at Staffordshire University looking at aspects of the microbiology of drowning and submersion in water.

The work involves examining water to develop improved methods of microorganism identification using analytical techniques such as matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation. Once the development of this technique has been optimised, the intention would be to determine if a [human] body taken from a ‘body of water’, contained the microorganisms to link it to that specific body of …

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