Disease: Bacteria Around the Cape

Indian bones sell well in Europe. Ground up, packed in bags and shipped by sea, they are an ingredient in products from Belgian glue to the yellow gelatin that French gourmets fancy with their pâté. Little matter that lately bone exporters have reportedly been fleshing out their shipments of animal bones with human skeletal remains fished from the Ganges downstream from the funeral ghats at Benares.

What matters more is that for the past five months, European dock workers have found bone-ship holds swarming with scorpions, beetles and spiders three inches across. And what matters a great...

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