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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 107-110

A Future Perspective in Forensic Medicine in China: Diatomological Mapping of Water Bodies

Division of Forensic Science, Fujian Provincial Public Security Department, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Forensic Science and Technology,Fuzhou, 350003, China

Correspondence Address:
Luo Zhuo
Department of Fujian Provincial Public Security, Forensic Science Division, 12 Hualin Road, Fuzhou 350003
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2349-5014.177407

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Diatom test (forensic diatomology) is commonly considered as the “gold standard” in the diagnosis of drowning in forensic practices. The diatomology contributes significantly not only in determining the mode of death but also in determining the site of drowning because of various distribution characterizations of diatoms in different water bodies or different seasons. Hence, it is believed that diatomological mapping will be interest to forensic pathologists in the future development. Here, we reviewed the all the studies on the distribution characterizations of diatoms in different water bodies in China recently. The present paper summarized the current situation and the limitations of the previous studies. Moreover, we suggested that it was necessary to establish a systematized and standardized diatomological mapping program nationwide. Our study also encourages diatomological mapping for forensic characterization of water bodies for a prolonged time.

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