Bodies of Evidence

A furor arises over the rights of the dead after a German university uses cadavers in car test crashes

The details were antiseptic yet chilling. Perhaps the most appalling nicety was bandaging the faces of the dead, so that researchers would not have to look into their eyes after the bodies were put through the automobile test crashes. How much indignity should human remains be allowed to suffer -- even for the cause of science? That ancient debate was renewed last week by the disclosure that Germany's University of Heidelberg had, for the past two decades, wired electronic sensors to more than 200 human corpses (including the bodies of eight children), strapped them into cars and hurled them at speeds...

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