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Cook County to Donate Bodies to Science

If families can't afford burial, bodies will be donated for medical research.

The Cook County chief medical examiner announced that bodies left for more than two weeks at the medical examier's office will be donated for medical research if families can't afford the burial, as reported by The Chicago Tribune.

According to the chief medical examiner Dr. Nancy Jones, the policy is "effective immediately."

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However, the county will bury bodies if they are decomposed, infected with the AIDS virus as well as bodies that weigh more than 300 pounds.

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