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JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposed body farm at Carson-Newman University in eastern Tennessee is dead, at least for now.
University officials told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the funding isn't there to move forward.
The cadaver research center, proposed nearly a year ago, would have helped anchor a graduate-study program in forensic science on a New Market hilltop in rural Jefferson County. Art Bohanan, a nationally known retired fingerprint specialist for the Knoxville Police Department, had planned to donate the site, where students could observe how human bodies and animal carcasses decompose over time and what that decomposition does to the environment.
Only four cadaver research centers, or body farms, exist worldwide, including the world-famous University of Tennessee body farm in Knoxville. None of them study the environmental effects of body decomposition.
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