Scientists: ‘No more bodies’

Posted on July 16, 2007 

Scientists: ‘No more bodies’

A Dutch hospital is asking people to stop leaving their bodies to science because they have run out of room.

The University Medical Center in Leiden say they will take no more bodies as they have nowhere to put them.

They have space to store 100 corpses for use in anatomy classes – but currently have at least 160 bodies.

A survey by Radio Holland’s World Service last year revealed at least 1,000 Dutch people had left their body to science in their will.

Scientists say the increase is down to a combination of changing attitudes to science and increasing burial costs.

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From Ananova

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