Why more people than ever are donating their bodies to science

A number of medical schools around the country have seen an increase in people donating their bodies to science after death.

Some institutions, including the University of Minnesota and the University at Buffalo, have seen the number of donated cadavers double in the last decade, the Associated Press reports. The reason for the spike seems to be twofold: The idea of allowing a loved one’s corpse to be carved up is no longer as much of a taboo, and the cost of a traditional burial has increased. Many schools that use cadavers for medical research cremate the body when they are done and often return the cremains to the family at no cost.