Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Donate my body to science, or just blow it up

From Salon’s wire feed:

Seven cadavers donated to Tulane University’s medical school were sold to the Army and blown up in land mine experiments, officials said Wednesday…. The bodies were blown up in tests on protective footwear against land mines at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

The ethical issues are obvious, but there’s another question that bugs me: why does an army need to buy bodies? Isn’t this kind of like the Saudis importing oil?

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