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How is my body or Next of Kin body used for research and education?

FACTS uses your gifted body for forensic anthropological research related to determining the postmortem interval (time since death) and related studies in human decomposition. After decomposition, your skeletal remains will be processed curated in perpetuity into the Texas State University Dontate Skeletal Collection. This collection is used for research and education in osteological methods and human variation.

Can I specify the research I donate to?

FACTS will make reasonable efforts respect the wishes of individuals donating their body to Texas State University. We also will make reasonable efforts to assure that all body donations and skeletal remains are used only by qualified researchers with quality research proposals. However, FACTS cannot guarantee the results obtained by the research.

Do you charge researchers or permit tissue brokering?

FACTS adheres to all federal and state legal requirements through the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, which prohibits the buying or selling of human organs and tissue. FACTS charges reasonable fees for services provided to researchers for the processing, preservation, quality control, and transportation of human remains.

Are donor records confidential?

FACTS protects the confidentiality of its donors. All donors are identified by an internal identification number that is used in all communications with researchers to protect the confidentiality of the donor and end-users. FACTS only allows qualified researchers with strong scientific research proposal to utilize donated bodies. All researchers and educators using donated bodies at FACTS must complete a stringent application and agreement with FACTS, and follow confidentiality procedures to ensure your privacy and the privacy of your family.

What happens to my body in the future?

Unlike many full body donations, FACTS does not cremate or return your body. Your skeletal remains will be processed upon completion of decomposition and securely stored at our research laboratory facility. Your skeletal remains will be used by numerous qualified researchers to answer critical and timely scientific questions in human skeletal variation, osteolgocial identification methods and more for years to come. All researchers and educators using bodies donated to FACTS and the forensic anthropology research laboratory must complete a stringent application and agree to follow strict protocol and procedures.

Can I visit the body of my next of kin?

Yes. Please contact the FACTS Coordinator to make arrangements to visit the Grady Early Forensic Anthropology Research Laboratory. Visitation to the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility is not permitted, but once the skeleton has been processed next of kin can request to visit.