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Medical schools heads say they've been swamped with bodies donated to science by families who can't afford a proper funeral for their loved ones.

Some colleges in Switzerland and Germany are receiving so many offers because of the credit crunch that they've had to start turning bodies away.

Professor Oliver Ullrich - from Zurich University's Institute of Anatomy - explained: "We have seen a sharp rise in the number of bodies being donated. Every medical school has."

"Sometimes there are so many being offered that universities just can't take them all," he added.

Academic experts believe that people who can no longer afford a funeral feel it's a way of giving their late relatives a dignified end.

"They like to feel that the bodies are of some use. Maybe a student working on their relatives body will find an amazing cure or treatment," explained one.

One would-be donor Ingrid Martin, 62, told local media: "I want to give my body to science. A burial costs around 5,000 Euro and I'd rather leave this money to my children."

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