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LIFE HACKS, SCIENCE

Inside the ‘body farm’ where corpses are left outside to decompose for forensic researchers to study

Basically, body farming is the practise of leaving dead human bodies outside, Research into questions relating to time since death, the postmortem interval and decomposition processes for human remains under various topographical and climate conditions are conducted at FARF, is a 26-acre outdoor human decomposition research laboratory at Texas State’s Freeman Ranch, in order to study the several aspects of the decomposition process.

 

Inside the 'body farm' where corpses are left outside to decompose for forensic researchers to study

There is no other place . . . that can do for me what this land and this water and these people and these hills and these surroundings can do.
– Lyndon Baines Johnson on the Texas Hill Country.
Inside the 'body farm' where corpses are left outside to decompose for forensic researchers to study

Currently, when people donate their body to science in the UK, it is used by medical students or trainee surgeons, but there’s no option to be used for forensic science as the Texas State University at Freeman Ranch. The process is known as human taphonomy, which is the study of what happens to an organism after its death.

 

Inside the 'body farm' where corpses are left outside to decompose for forensic researchers to study

To understand decomposition better, bodies are kept in different situations, such as inside a car, submerged in water, or wrapped in a blanket, are also used to monitor physical, are additionally used to screen physical, synthetic and bacterial changes in breaking down bodies, and can be valuable in scientific police examinations.

 

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