Donating your body to science is a very personal decision, and one would hope that everything is taken care of and respected exactly as it should be. If things go according to plan, the donated body is used for scientific research or given to medical schools for educational purposes.
And then there are such things as non-transplant tissue banks, otherwise known as body brokers. There's a dark side to body brokering in the United States, meaning that things that aren't supposed to be allowed to happen to a person's body end up happening. For instance, the deceased might have indicated they wanted their body to go toward medical research or education, but it never gets there. It goes somewhere else, often for a profit. The body brokering industry is highly unregulated and unpredictable.
One Grandmother's Body Was Sold To The US Army Without Donor Permission
Shockingly, Body Brokering Is Not Regulated By Federal Law
Brokers Make Big Money From Selling Human Bodies
Against His Mother's Wishes, A Boy's Body Was Harvested For Profit
One Broker Sold Diseased Body Parts To Medical Professionals
When A Body Is Donated, There Is No Rulebook For How It Should Be Treated