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Dead Bodies Shared Similar Microbial Networks, New Study Finds

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Feb 13, 2024
Researchers find commonality among all deceased individuals

New research published in Nature Microbiology reveals that all corpses, regardless of their origin, share similarities in terms of their microbial networks. Dead bodies contain bacteria and fungal decomposers that are rare in the rest of the world. These microbes play a vital role in the natural world by breaking down corpses and becoming part of the “decomposition ecosystem” to aid plant production.

The study involved burying 36 donated corpses in different locations with distinct environmental features. Despite the varying conditions, the researchers found that all the samples taken from the bodies featured the same selection of microbes. Additionally, insects could carry these microbes to decomposing human and animal remains.

Dr. Devin Finaughty, who was not involved in the study, explains that decomposition is a process where organisms consume organic material for food, breeding ground, nursery, and shelter. If you want to receive more news like this, sign up for our free indy100 weekly newsletter and join our WhatsApp channel to have your say in our news democracy. Click on the upvote icon at the top of this page to help raise this article through indy100 rankings.

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