By Susan M Stejskal
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2 Cellular basics. (Adapted from Hole, J. W. 1990. Human anatomy. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. 3 The cell membrane is like the wall of a house with doors (pores) and windows (receptors). (Adapted from Hole, J. W. 1990. Human anatomy. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. ) 18 Death, Decomposition, and Detection Dogs The first requirement for normal cell chemistry is a steady, constant temperature. 6°F or about 37°C. Many of the biochemical reactions that must take place to keep a cell alive and functioning depend on just the right temperature.
With “ideal” conditions, fly eggs hatch within a few hours (6–40 hours) go through molts, and then crawl off to pupate for 6–18 days (Pope, 2010). Flies play a major role in determining the length of time a body has been in a specific environment. There are many types of flies associated with remains; each type arrives at different times, depending on weather and temperature conditions. The types of flies will vary depending on geographic location, therefore, the Bugs, Bodies, and Beyond 41 130 hours 22 hours 27 hours Third instar larva Puparisum At 70 degrees F, each stage in a blow fly’s life takes a known amount of time to compete.
Cellular Decomposition If conditions change and there is no longer the right temperature, the right amount or balance of water, and/or enough energy to power these processes, cells can die. If cells are too hot or too cold, they can die. If there is an 20 Death, Decomposition, and Detection Dogs imbalance in cell water (affecting the pH or acidity), the cell can die. If there is not enough energy, cells can die. When cells die, they go through a process of breakdown or decomposition. These changes can begin as early as four minutes after death (DeGreeff and Furton, 2011).
Death, decomposition, and detection dogs : from science to scene by Susan M Stejskal