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France is investigating abuses with dead bodies

French investigative judges deal with dozens of complaints about a university institute that has unethically dealt with bodies made available to science.

The bodies were located in the Center for Body Donations, a specialized department of the Descartes University in Paris.

Eighty complaints have now been lodged after L’Express magazine reported in November that the remains of thousands of people had been found in poor conditions. Bodies were stacked on top of each other, and loose limbs and rotting body parts were eaten by mice.

After the disclosures last year, the French government closed the institute, which was one of the largest centers in this field in Europe.

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