May 5, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: UK to open first ‘body farm’ for forensic research

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The farms take donated bodies and bury them or leave them on the surface to decompose. Researchers can also set up and study specific circumstances, for example by placing bodies in water or in a vehicle in the farm. The world’s first and most famous farm opened in 1981 in Knoxville, Tennessee; at least six more sites have opened in the United States. In recent years, researchers have set up body farms in Australia and the Netherlands, and Canada will open one this year.

Sites that allow the study of human remains have long existed in the United States and have started to appear recently in other countries.

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