The Museum of Science and Industry is hosting a controversial four-day exhibit, BODIES: The Exhibition, featuring preserved human cadavers and body parts. More than 12,000 people came in the first four days.
The bodies are preserved and posed so visitors can see their inner workings. The 20 cadavers and 260 other body parts are preserved with a process that replaces human tissue with silicone rubber. Skin is removed, exposing what's beneath - muscles, bones, organs, tendons, blood vessels and brains.
The bodies are those of Chinese people and were unclaimed or identified before being turned over to a Chinese medical school that performed the "plastination." A Florida regulatory board was uncomfortable with the fact that no permission was obtained from the deceased or their families - stemming the controversy, but the board dropped its effort to stop the show eventually.
Planners says they hope the exhibit will lead to a better understanding of the human body and motivate people to take better care of themselves.