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    The Body Farm

    http://archives.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/10/31/body.farm/

    On three acres surrounded by razor-wire and a wooden fences near the University of Tennessee Medical Center, about 40 bodies rot away at any given time. They're stuffed into car trunks, left lying in the sun or shade, buried in shallow graves, covered with brush or submerged in ponds.

    Students and UT anthropologists Richard Janz and his wife, Lee Meadows Janz, a former Bass student, take note of what insects come calling, and how long it takes them to do their work. Others test vital organs for protein degradation, amino-acid breakdown and levels of gas in the tissue. A project in partnership with the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory aims to create a calendar of decomposition by finding a substance that decays at a stable rate for comparison -- the half-life of death, so to speak.

    More at link....facinating stuff!

    Next link has graphic photos...warning*******

    http://www.deathsacre.com/

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    hi linda! i know where i'm gonna be this halloween!

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    Great place for school field trips

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    I have a book about it... also called Death's Acre.... great book! Very interesting.

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    My brother in law has opted to donate his body to the forensic research program at the Body Farm when he dies. Or so he tells us, anyway!

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    tennessee is offline Blew out my flipflop. Stepped on a pop top . . .
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    I have seriously considered donating myself to them when I bite the dust.



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