Forensics on TV
Many of you guys may be fans of shows like CSI or Law and Order. I know I am! I love watching shows like this, I also love Criminal Minds. Millions of people, including myself, tune in to watch these dramatic shows involving science on TV. If you watch these shows you know that the mortician has to make an educated guess on how long a person has been dead. It turns out that it is actually harder to make an accurate guess then portrayed on these shows. There are many factors that go into estimating death, weather, temperature and other variables.
While staying updated in my recent science discoveries I stumbled upon an article about how new research shows that the cilia in your nose may be a better indicator of death than rigor. Apparently after you die nasal cilia continue to function until 20 hours after death. Cilia are responsible for moving the mucus and dust out of your nose and into your lungs, gross! The cilia decrease in function at a steady continuous rate until dying off completely, no matter the temperature or environment. This has the potential to allow for more accurate time of deaths. I think this is almost as good as scientist counting Panda poop.
My Question to you guys is do you think shows like CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, or Law and Order correctly portray forensic science? Secondly do you think people base their views on forensic science off of these shows? Do you?