Bioscience

Preserving body parts is a labor of love at UA’s Plastination Lab

October 25, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Arizona Daily Star] – Joshua Lopez gently peels transparent covering from a metal tray in his lab. His actions are fluid, like he’s undoing gift-wrap he plans to reuse. He has good reason to be careful: Inside the plastic bundle is a human head.

Lopez works at the University of Arizona’s Plastination Lab, where body parts take on second lives for education. But these aren’t average cadavers: Plastination – the same process used in exhibits such as Body Worlds – permanently preserves them, piece by piece.

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