Forensic proteomics identifies what killed a toddler in Canada


No jokes for this one. This sobering new study demonstrates a remarkable amount of work performed using forensic proteomics which ends up identifying the snake venom in deceased child. This led to the arrest of a person who kept exotic snakes as pets. 

This work was performed on a Bruker Impact II, and if you're reading this blog I probably don't have to tell you how complex human blood is or how hard it is to work with. This group ended up searching over 6 million MS/MS spectra to get deep enough to build this evidence from the array of fractionation methods described in the image above. 

You can read about this work here