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Thinking about donating your body?: This picture was found on flickr's "Creative Commons" page.
Thinking about donating your body?: This picture was found on flickr's "Creative Commons" page.Courtesy kevin813
Want to be useful? A once in a lifetime oppurtunity presents itself
long after you die. Many people nowadays have given their body to
science. This awkward suggestion benefits medical research and gives
u a chance to help out.

what do u think? Comment!!

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Liza's picture
Liza says:

kpat, if you're interested in the subject of body donation, it's something we've talked about on Buzz a bunch.

We did a feature on the science behind body donation when the Science Museum of Minnesota was hosting the BodyWorlds exhibit. There are tons of links from that page to all sorts of related topics.

Right now, we're running a feature on forensic entomology to coincide with the run of "CSI: The Experience" here at SMM. That feature includes a poll pretty similar to the questions you pose. Go see how people are voting!

We had five experts--two bioethicists, a physician, a transplant surgeon, and the director of an anatomical bequest program--answer visitors' questions.

There is a proposal to build a Forensic Anthropology Center, like the famous "Body Farm" in Tennessee, in Iowa.

And if you type "body donation" into the search bar, lots of related pages pop up. Happy browsing.

posted on Thu, 10/16/2008 - 9:09am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Hey kpat,

Thanks for posting! this is an interesting subject (it has actually come up a few times before on Science Buzz—look in our polls section).

It's cool that you posted a picture too! A lot of pictures, though, are owned by the people who took them, and you need to get permission to used them legally. If they come from a site like National Geographic, getting that permission can be tricky. A good site to find pictures is flickr.com's "Creative Commons" section—you can use those as long as you say who originally took the picture.

To search creative commons, go to this page, and click on the "Only search within Creative Commons" button.

Thanks again for the post! I'll switch the picture for you this time.

posted on Thu, 10/16/2008 - 9:14am
Corrin's picture
Corrin says:

I think its disrespectful to the body.
Its rest in peace..not rest in pieces,
I dont wont some random scientist doing some experiments on my body when im dead..

posted on Mon, 10/20/2008 - 11:00am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

If you don't want some one messing around with your body after you die, then no one should be able to.

But a lot of people choose to donate their bodies to science after they die, hoping that doctors and scientists can use their remains to learn things that will eventually help others. If someone wanted to donate their body, but their wishes were ignored, that would be disrespectful to them, wouldn't it?

posted on Mon, 10/20/2008 - 11:14am
tis-chick-s0-fly's picture
tis-chick-s0-fly says:

I agree, I wouldn't want anyone to do anything to my body too. Its rest in peace and not rest in pieces that is really disrespectful to a body. What happen if someone disrespect your body?

posted on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 7:36am

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