Microbiology question

Leonard Levin llevin at critpath.org
Wed Sep 10 23:40:08 EST 1997

One of our pathologists posed the following question to me.  What
bacterial species are used to accelerate the decomposition of human
corpses?  He told me that bacteria are used in France and elsewhere
for this purpose due to the diminishing amount of burial space and
religious restrictions prohibiting cremation.  Does anyone know what
species of bacteria are used for such an application?

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