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Mesa State College's planned 'body farm' concerns nearby residents

February 16, 2010

Mesa State College's plan to place a so-called "body farm" of decomposing human corpses for study near a growing residential neighborhood is causing concern among residents who fear they'll be close to odors and disease.

College officials say the facility would help forensics students prepare for criminal investigations by studying donated bodies to see how they decompose. Mesa State administrators in western Colorado say they understand residents' concerns and they're trying to reassure them that they have nothing to worry about.

It would be the first "body farm" in the region and one of a handful in the country.

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