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Re: If you suspect someone may have been poisioned

Date: Tue Mar 6 13:51:43 2001
Posted By: Dale L. Laux, Staff, Serology/DNA, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification
Area of science: Other
ID: 983000232.Ot


Interesting question.  A review of the AAFS literature did not yield any 
information regarding this.  My understanding of cremated remains is that 
there may be fairly large pieces of bone that remain after cremation.  
Common poisions are heavy metals and are incorporated in bone.  I would 
suggest analysis by GC/MS (gas chromatograph/mass spectrometry) or SEM 
(scanning electron microscopy).  These techniques can detect minute 
amounts of chemicals.


Dale L. Laux
Forensic Scientist

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