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Much has been made in the media recently of the untended corpses in New Orleans, left on the street for days on end. Aside from issues of dignity, it certainly makes you wonder about health concerns. Especially when you read this BBC report about a supposed link between human remains and mad cow disease. I have to admit that whenever I fly home to New York City, over the acres and acres of cemeteries in Queens, I wonder if it’s worth it to take up so much space for dead people when real estate for living people is so scarce. But the BBC report makes burial look pretty good. (Thanks for Rini, a commenter on this blog, for link to the BBC post.)