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Researchers to study body decomposition at tech college body farm

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APPLETON (WKOW) -- A northeast Wisconsin technical college has plans to set up what they're calling a body farm to help forensic researchers study cold-weather decomposition.
Post-Crescent Media reports the farm at Fox Valley Technical College will be an outdoor research facility where forensic scientists will place animal carcasses and donated human corpses in multiple settings such as in the open air, in shallow graves or in sleeping bags.

Researchers will then study how the bodies deteriorate.

Members of the schools Forensic Science Department say researchers might conduct experiments on how subzero temperatures mummify body tissue, whether insects inside the body can tolerate freezing and whether scavengers lose interest in frozen bodies.

The farm is set to open in mid-2015.

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