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Microoganism and Living Cells...a science question

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When we learned about the role of microorganisms role in decomposition  my youngest son expressed some fears about microorganisms eating him...so I told him about how when we're living that our cells have ways of fighting bad bacteria and germs, and that some bacteria also lives in our body and doesn't hurt us, but when someone or something dies that our cells start to die anyways, and so the microorganisms only eat dead things.

It helped him with his fears but it was off the top of my head (that part wasn't covered in the material...and I took biology a LONG time ago) so I'm not so sure how accurate that is. Was I pretty close to right, or pretty far off?   Anyone know?

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