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Besides medical schools, many corporations making medical instruments and appliances use cadavers for their training and research programs.

“We receive about 600 whole-body donations a year. I could easily place 750, 800,” he said, explaining the short supply.

Some shipments go by air, but others end up in delivery trucks just like any other package.

“In fact, we sent out a shipment of brains to the University of Texas at Austin last week via UPS,” Dudek said.