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  • 23 March, 2021

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Diatom Test for Detecting Death via Drowning

Diatom Test for Detecting Death via Drowning

Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) relied on a diatom test for leads in the alleged murder case of Mansukh Hiran.

About Diatom Test

  • It helps in diagnosing the death caused by drowning. It tests diatoms in the body being tested.
  • Diatoms are photosynthesizing algae found in aquatic environment including fresh and marine waters, soils, etc., (almost anywhere moist).
  • If the person is alive when he enters the water, the diatoms will enter the lungs when the person inhales water while drowning.
  • These diatoms are then carried to different body parts by blood circulation.
  • If a person is dead when is thrown in the water, then there is no circulation and there is no transport of diatom cells to various organs.
  • Diatoms extracted from the body would be correlated with the samples from the water body where the drowning took place to ascertain the place of drowning.

Cons of this Test-

  • The test will be negative if the person died instantly after falling into the water.
  • The diatom test is reliable unless the deceased person has been drinking water from the same source of water before his death.

Source: TH


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