Sunday, July 02, 2006

Bodies...The Exhibition

We're off to see celebrate the wonder of the human body! Yes, we are going to see Bodies ... The Exhibition today. I can't begin to describe how excited I am! This exhibition is going to be amazing. We will be able to see the inside of a human body. Here's what they do, they take a body and preserve it according to standard mortuary science. Then the body is dissected to show whatever it is that someone wants to display. Some examples would be, showing just the circulatory system or nervous system. I think one of the bodies is sliced into thirds so you can see cross sections of the body. How cool is that? Once dissected, the body is immersed in acetone to eliminate all body water. Then the body is placed in a large bath of silicone, or polymer, and sealed in a vacuum chamber. Under vacuum, acetone leaves the body in the form of gas and the polymer replaces it, entering each cell and body tissue. And the body will not decay. They also show bodies in motion, like when you play basketball, throw a ball or run. This way you can see how the muscles of the body work. You can check it out here:

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