What Happens After You Donate Your Body To Science?

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Scientists are always in need of corpses for research. In the 18th and 19th centuries, scientists would actually rob graves in order to study skeletons and learn about human anatomy. If you donate your body to be used for scientific research, you don't actually have a choice in how it will be used specifically. These are some of the ways it may be used after you donate it, however: as a crash test dummy, as a skeleton to aid in education, for medical training, for organ transplants, and for human decomposition research on a body farm.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Once you've signed the right forms and gathered witnesses, you can will your body to a medical school. 00:48

  2. In the 18th and 19th centuries, scientists resorted to robbing graves to learn about human anatomy. 01:41

  3. It's probably illegal to have your skull preserved and given to a loved one. 03:36

Written by Curiosity Staff March 17, 2015