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Would you donate your body to science? Let's discuss, shall we?

I have a confession to make. The thought of donating my body to science fascinates me.

So when I stumbled across this terrific video (check it out below) about donating your body to science, produced by SBS's The Feed, I felt compelled to watch.

It may seem morbid to some, but I'm considering donating my body to science when I'm gone.

It may seem morbid to some, but I'm considering donating my body to science when I'm gone. Picture: YouTube

To me, the concept makes perfect sense: having my empty shell of a dead body used to help further a potential medical genius's education, or perhaps to make further discoveries in medical research.

Read more: Why we need to rethink the industry of death

It sounds a lot more satisfying than being pumped full of toxic chemicals and taking up valuable real estate while being left to rot slowly in the ground. Not only is this expensive and bad for the environment, but it seems the ultimate vanity project to me.

I Googled "How do I leave my body to science in Australia" and a surprisingly long list of universities and medical institutions came up.

And it seems I'm not the only one embracing this way of thinking.

Forensic scientists have been overwhelmed by the number of people wanting to donate their corpses to the southern hemisphere's first body farm.

The secret bushland facility on the outskirts of Sydney is being used to study how human bodies decompose. It is the only one outside of the United States.

It was established in early 2016 by Professor Shari Forbes, a forensic scientist from the University of Technology Sydney.

What I want to know is whether this is something you would consider?  I know I am - and I'll be making my intentions clear to my loved ones.

What do you think? Let's discuss!

Donating Bodies: Giving a helping hand to science - The Feed


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