body donation

why does no one want infectious disease bodies donated? i thought science would want to cure these diseases and need to research them. can you help me to understand this and maybe find the one and only place that will take infectious diseased bodies as h.i.v., hep. b, c and others. thank you. :frowning:

The body of this thread should be donated to another forum, and I’ll report it for that purpose.

Bring out your dead …

Actually, keep 'em, I’ll just move this to General Questions.

They don’t want infected bodies for transplants. And really, they need to research ways of curing these diseases in living bodies, not dead ones.

Donated bodies are used for a large variety of purposes, from medical school instruction to crash testing vehicles and probably a bunch of other things, very few of which have anything to do with researching infectious disease. In most of those applications, having a potentially infectious body provides no advantage and may increase the risk to those utilizing the bodies.

Now, someone researching something specific on an infectious disease might want an organ or tissue, but that would probably be done by approaching the family of the deceased (or, if the patient is still alive, asking them if it was OK to use the tissue in research). But for a lot of reasoner whole bodies just aren’t needed and they can probably get what they need through routine biopsies, surgery, or autopsy samples. They just don’t need whole bodies.

This is a great question and one that doesn’t get asked very often. I actually work for Science Care, an accredited whole body donation program in the United States ( Science Care does not typically accept donors with contagious diseases, mainly for the safety of the researchers and educators who are working with the actual tissue. We are able to accept the vast majority of people who want to donate, however, including individuals with cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, just to name a few.

We have done a lot of research to try and find an organization that can accept donors with contagious diseases, but have not had much luck in finding any.

If anyone learns of anything let us know!

My body is free of any infectious diseases. This being the case, I don’t know why Sandra Bullock has spurned my offer of donating my body to her. Go figure.