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Plastination is a preservation method to generate non-toxic anatomical specimens, which can be used for long-term educational purposes. The basic idea of plastination is that a plastic polymer replaces the biological fluid within a given specimen. Dr. Gunther von Hagens first invented this method in the 1970s1. Subsequently, Dr. von Hagens developed the Body Worlds exhibit, which has been displayed in museums around the world. Our lab utilizes plastination to preserve hearts from our library for specific cardiac educational purposes.

Please see the Project Methodologies section of the Atlas to learn more about our plastination methods.




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