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Knight (left) and Bucheli take soil samples from beneath one of the decomposing bodies.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR
September 23, 2013 Long after we die, many of the microscopic creatures living in and on us continue to thrive. In field experiments, forensic scientists are tracking changes in communities of microbes on human remains that could one day serve as clues.
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January 12, 2012 When life comes to an end, cremation or burial is the traditional choice. Thousands of people, though, opt instead to donate their bodies to a Body Farm, where forensic anthropologists expose cadavers to the elements — and to insects — in the interests of science.
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