Title

Effects of Corrosive Substances on Soft Tissue and Bone

Date

5-28-2015 11:30 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 1:30 PM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Criminal Justice

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Bioanthropology/Forensic Anthropology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Misty Weitzel

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Our research objective is to test the effects of corrosive household substances on flesh and bone. The chemicals that we will be using are Hydrochloric Acid, Lye, and an inorganic drain cleaner. Tap water will be used as a control in this experiment. Our experiment is based on a study done by Hartnett, Fulginiti, and Di Modica (2011), which shows the effects of these agents, how they differed from soft tissue and bone, and finally how they inhibit the identification process. With this study in regard, we hope to document the effects these substances have on bone and soft tissue in order to help improve the identification of human remains when corrosive agents are involved.

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May 28th, 11:30 AM May 28th, 1:30 PM

Effects of Corrosive Substances on Soft Tissue and Bone

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Our research objective is to test the effects of corrosive household substances on flesh and bone. The chemicals that we will be using are Hydrochloric Acid, Lye, and an inorganic drain cleaner. Tap water will be used as a control in this experiment. Our experiment is based on a study done by Hartnett, Fulginiti, and Di Modica (2011), which shows the effects of these agents, how they differed from soft tissue and bone, and finally how they inhibit the identification process. With this study in regard, we hope to document the effects these substances have on bone and soft tissue in order to help improve the identification of human remains when corrosive agents are involved.