Just read an article that car companies use cadavers as well as dummies to test seat belts, airbags, &c because they give a more accurate info about tissue damage.
Is this licit? I know the Church doesn’t forbid, say, donating one’s body to a medical school for anatomy classes but this besides a huge “yuck” factor this seems to violate the teaching that even a dead body needs to be treated with a certain level of respect.
from the article:
The car companies would like to eliminate the need for cadaver tests. They use virtual modelling extensively because it is cheaper and raises few ethical issues. But testing with real bodies is still necessary to capture how human tissue responds to catastrophic injuries. There are other needs as well. Cadaver tests are being used to design football helmets to decrease the danger of concussion and how to protect soldiers from traumatic brain injuries. ~ Wired, Aug 31