Even gross science is cool, kiddies.
Loyola professor developing spray to identify fly spit at crime scenes - Baltimore Sun
Crime scene investigators have long relied on their own judgment to distinguish blood spatter from the look-alike stains left by flies that land on the body and then on a spot nearby. Now a biology professor at Loyola University Maryland is developing a spray that removes the guesswork.
Rivers encountered the flies in the early 1990s while consulting on a case as a graduate student at Ohio State University. An elderly woman had died alone in her old Victorian home and the flies got in. The house was cleaned and sold to a young couple who discovered thousands of flies hidden in the air ducts. The sale was rescinded under Ohio's lemon laws, Rivers said.
"If you can develop something that's more reliable, well, you don't make these kinds of mistakes," said the study's co-author, Larry Barksdale, a former police officer and forensic science professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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