I Want Your Body

“There are some questions humans may never truly answer — like, what happens to us after we die? But for my grandparents, the question of what would happen to their bodies was easy: They would be donated to science, specifically to the University of California, Los Angeles, which wasn’t far from their home. They weren’t sentimental, and liked the idea they could be helpful to someone else. Then, in 2004, scandal engulfed the body donor program at UCLA. Its director was accused of illegally stealing and selling body parts, and later pleaded guilty.” (And, oddly, this is not an isolated case.) WBUR with an update from the parts department: 5 things to know before donating your body to science.

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