Topic: FREE event: The Necrobiome – Microbial Life After Death
FREE event: The Necrobiome – Microbial Life After Death
October 19, 2016 | 6:30-8:30pm
American Society for Microbiology Headquarters, 1752 N Street NW, Washington DC
Space is limited, RSVP required.
Special Halloween edition of Microbes After Hours!
What happens to us after we die? A decomposing corpse becomes its own mini-ecosystem, hosting insects, scavengers and multitudes of microbes. Microbes from the environment, the corpse, as well as the insects and scavengers are blended together and work to recycle tissues back to their constituents. Dr. Jennifer DeBruyn (Associate Professor, The University of Tennessee) will discuss the fascinating process of human decomposition, and how scientists are using that information to inform forensic science, livestock mortality management and fossilization.
Can’t attend in person? We will also be live streaming on YouTube.