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All corpses share unique microbial network

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Feb 13, 2024
Researchers find commonality among all deceased individuals

In a groundbreaking study published in Nature Microbiology, scientists have discovered that all corpses, regardless of their origin, share a unique microbial network. These microbes play an essential role in the natural world by breaking down corpses and becoming part of the “decomposition ecosystem” to help with plant production.

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

Dr. Devin Finaughty, not involved in the study, explained that decomposition is the consumption of organic material by other organisms, which is distinct from physical degradation by erosive forces like water. The decomposition system revolves around dead bodies as a resource for food, breeding ground, nursery, and shelter for many organisms.

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