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Misty Weitzel




In popular media, criminals attempt to dispose of their victims by using various chemicals to dissolve the corpses. This research investigates the effects of household chemicals on the degradation of bone. Vertebrae from a domestic pig (Sus scrofa domesticus) will be immersed into five corrosive agents: drain-cleaner, lye, bleach, ovencleaner, and cola. Tap water will serve as the control. Color, size, and weight of bones will be documented over time. I expect drain-cleaner, lye, and oven-cleaner to thoroughly degrade the bone, cola to cause mild degradation, and bleach and tap water to produce the least degradation.






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