[Reflection of estimating postmortem interval in forensic entomology and the Daubert standard]

Fa Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2013 Aug;29(4):290-4.
[Article in Chinese]


Estimating postmortem interval (PMI) is always the emphasis and difficulty in forensic practice. Forensic entomology plays a significant indispensable role. Recently, the theories and technologies of forensic entomology are increasingly rich. But many problems remain in the research and practice. With proposing the Daubert standard, the reliability and accuracy of estimation PMI by forensic entomology need more demands. This review summarizes the application of the Daubert standard in several aspects of ecology, quantitative genetics, population genetics, molecular biology, and microbiology in the practice of forensic entomology. It builds a bridge for basic research and forensic practice to provide higher accuracy for estimating postmortem interval by forensic entomology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ecology
  • Entomology* / methods
  • Forensic Sciences / methods*
  • Genetics, Population
  • Insecta*
  • Molecular Biology
  • Postmortem Changes*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Time Factors