She points out that someone's immediate environment is bound to have a strong influence on the microbes living in and on them, and therefore on their thanatomicrobiome.
2015, Jon Turney, I, Superorganism: Learning to love your inner ecosystem→ISBN:
That, too[,] can be studied – the microbial ensemble living on a corpse even has a proper scientific name: the thanatomicrobiome.
2015, "Seasonal comparison of carrion volatiles in decomposition soil using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography–time of flight mass spectrometry, KA Perrault, T Rai, BH Stuart, SL Forbes, Analytical Methods, Issue 2, 2015
Future studies should collect data based on these variables to investigate the thanatomicrobiome of the decomposing tissue in addition to soil microbiome interactions.
2015, T Williams, S Soni, J White, G Can, G Javan, “Evaluation of DNA Degradation Using Flow Cytometry: Promising Tool for Postmortem Interval Determination”, in American Journal of Forensic Medicine:
Recent investigations of the thanatomicrobiome and cadaver soil seek to elucidate the microbial flora found after death.
2015, M Costandi, “This Is What Happens to Your Body After You Die”, in Gizmodo:
In August 2014, forensic scientist Gulnaz Javan of Alabama State University in Montgomery and her colleagues published the very first study of what they have called the thanatomicrobiome (from thanatos, the Greek word for ‘death’).
2016 February 24, Gulnaz Javan et al., "The Thanatomicrobiome: A Missing Piece of the Microbial Puzzle of Death" , Frontiers in Microbiology
2016 July 14, Gulnaz Javan et al., "Human Thanatomicrobiome Succession and Time Since Death" , Scientific Reports
2016 June 22, Gulnaz T. Javan, Sheree J. Finley, Ismail Can, Jeremy Wilkinson, J Dalton Hanson and Aaron Tarone, “Human Thanatomicrobiome Succession and Time Since Death”, in Scientific Report:
The thanatomicrobiome (thanatos, Greek for death) is a relatively new term and is the study of the microbes colonizing the internal organs and orifices after death.
2017 October 12, Gulnaz T. Javan, Sheree J. Finley, Tasia Smith, Joselyn Miller and Jeremy Wilkinson, “Cadaver thanatomicrobiome signatures: the ubiquitous nature of Clostridium species in human decomposition”, in Frontiers in Microbiology:
In conclusion, here we propose the impact of hypervariable region selection for the 16S rRNA gene in differentiating thanatomicrobiomic profiles to provide empirical data to explain a unique concept, the Postmortem Clostridium Effect.