According to a 2006 report there are just over 2,000 creamtories in the United States. California tops the list with 185 and North Dakota has the fewest with three.
In 1897 anthropologist George Amos Dorsey helped convict a Chicago sausage maker of murdering his wife, though no body was ever found. He identified bone fragments, lending support to the theory that she had been ground into sausage.
In the last 20 years there have been more than 10 million tissue transplants; in the last four decades, half a million cornea transplants.
Murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers was so well preserved by embalming in 1963 that an autopsy performed in 1991 helped to finally secure the conviction of his killer.
Narrator: They save lives, find murderers and teach a new generation how the human body works. They can be buried, embalmed, donated and cremated, they can even create a new habitat. If you work hard in life, just wait until you see what you can do after you're dead. Now, Corpse Tech, on Modern Marvels.