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What happens to your body when it's donated to science

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The plus side is that your dead body might also accomplish some adventures your living self never tried.

There's no official number (since it's not regulated by a federal agency), but it is estimated about 20,000 bodies per year are donated to medical schools around the U.S., according to the Harvard Business School. But The Economist reports that demand for these bodies are too high while supply is too low, mostly because people aren't aware of the need.

If you decide to donate your organs, which you might've been offered at the DMV, you probably won't be able to donate your whole body. But if you like things intact, you can fill out legal forms and donation documents, which can also be revoked if you change your mind. And because most programs will cover all transportation and cremation costs, next of kin can make the decision for you after death.

When you think about donating your body to science — if you've even thought about it at all — you probably imagine your naked and cold corpse being poked and prodded on a table surrounded by curious medical students. Sure, that might happen, but unfortunately once you donate your body to science — whether through a private company or direct willed body program — you have almost no say in where it goes, and you probably never will.

Museum is the coolest of the options but organ donation is the kindest.

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