Cash for Carcasses
By Julia Feldmeier

(Business 2.0) – Dissolving dead animals sounds creepy, but for one company it may be a profitable reality. WR[2], a private firm in Indianapolis, has patented a process called alkaline hydrolysis to turn carcasses into fertilizer. It wipes out infectious disease and uses just 10 percent of the energy needed to cremate a carcass. More than 60 "digestor" devices--costing $1.5 million for larger models--are in use, and WR[2] has orders for seven more. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., bought a $250,000 digestor to dispose of cadavers used in anatomy lessons. Funeral homes, WR[2] suggests, will be next.

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