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Citation

Hartnett KM, Fulginiti LC, Di Modica F. J. Forensic Sci. 2011; 56(4): 954-959.

Affiliation

Office of Chief Medical Examiner, 520 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner, 701 West Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Phoenix Police Department, 620 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2011, American Society for Testing and Materials, Publisher John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01752.x

PMID

21447075

Abstract

This research investigates the effects of household chemicals on human tissues. Five different human tissues (bone, tooth, hair, fingernails, and skin/muscle/fat) were immersed into six different corrosive agents. These agents consisted of hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, lye, bleach, organic septic cleaner, and Coca-Cola(®) soda. Tap water was used as a control. Tissue samples were cut to consistent sizes and submerged in the corrosive liquids. Over time, the appearance, consistency, and weight were documented. Hydrochloric acid was the most destructive agent in this study, consuming most tissues within 24 h. Sulfuric acid was the second most destructive agent in this study. Bleach, lye, and cola had no structural effects on the hard tissues of the body, but did alter the appearance or integrity of the hair, nails, or flesh in some way. The organic septic cleaner and tap water had no effect on any of the human tissue tested during the timeframe of the study.


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