Burn victim identified by maggots on body

Pretty sure I saw this on CSI.

When Mexican police found a body in the woods it was burned beyond recognition, its DNA too damaged to be used for identification. Luckily, investigators were able to extract DNA from elsewhere - the digestive systems of maggots that had been feeding on the body. This is the first time that human DNA from a maggot gut has been analysed in this way to successfully identify a victim in a legal case.
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2 Responses:

  1. Kevin says:

    They do this on Bones all the time.

  2. Scott says:

    Similar techniques are studied at the University of Tennessee body farm: