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Body Worlds Asian debut at Science Centre Singapore

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Controversial anatomist Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: The Original & The Cycle of Life debuts at the Science Centre Singapore.

On showcase from 23 October 2009 to 6 March 2010 is the latest installment of the groundbreaking anatomical exhibitions from the trailblazing German scientist. Singapore is the second site for this new exhibition, following a successful world premier in London.

bodyworlds_pregnantThe latest thought-provoking exhibition from Body Worlds features approximately 200 authentic exhibits, including organs, body slices and whole bodies that have undergone Plastination – Dr von Hagens’ groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death for medical study.

The essence of human development and ageing is beautifully captured with the help of plastinated embryos and fetuses that examines pre-natal development to interactive computers with the ability to age one’s face. The exhibition also shows how the human body changes with age and diseases, an inevitable phase in life that represents the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body.

Studies of the body include individual plastinates which have been used for comparison between healthy and diseased organs – healthy lung with that of a smoker’s, healthy liver with that of an alcoholic’s and a comparison between an obese human body and a healthy lean one.

“Visitors to the exhibition will be truly amazed when confronted with the beauty of the human body. This exhibition has been a catalyst for change throughout the world, and we look forward to bringing the latest BODY WORLDS experience to Singapore,” said Dr von Hagens. “We want to present to the public a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of the various systems of the body, encouraging people to be inspired every day throughout their lives.”

You will be intrigued by the spectacular display of The Ligament Body, The Skin Man, The Ring Gymnast and The bodyworlds_horseOn-Point Dancer and a full-sized giraffe, horse with rider, squid and reindeers!

“The exhibition displays the anatomy, physiology and effects of lifestyle choices on the human body through the scientific and enlightening display of whole bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices. These authentic plastinates provide visitors with an unprecedented learning tool for understanding how the body works and how lifestyle choices can have an enormous impact on the body’s health,” said Dr Chew Tuan Chiong, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore.

The plastinates in the exhibit stem from the Institute for Plastination’s body donation programme which maintains a donor roster of over 10,500 living and deceased donors worldwide. BODY WORLDS is the only anatomical exhibition with an established body donation programme which has been ethically reviewed and scrutinised by official authorities and through which individuals grant informed consent for their bodies to be used.

Freaked out? Don’t be. Troop down to the Science Centre for a truly unique learning experience! – or some Halloween costume ideas.

Exhibition Details:
Date: 23 October 2009 to 6 March 2010
Time: 10am – 6pm, Monday through Sunday
Venue: The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road
Ticket prices: Public – $20 adults, $12 child (3-16 years), admission to BODY WORLDS only.
Public – $21 adults, $13 child (3-16 years), admission to BODY WORLDS and
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