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We set out to elicit the knowledge and awareness of the technique of plastination and its applications amongst anatomy lecturers in the various medical colleges in Nigeria.
Asked if their Institute of Plastination in Hamburg was the only one backing an ongoing world tour of plastinated humans (they also do animals, the largest so far being a giraffe), Whally said the Chinese had several 'copy-cat' exhibitions.
He said: "Gunther von Hagens' plastination technique is the most effective and his specimens are of the highest quality.
Plastination - a recent scientific breakthrough - will likely revolutionize academic life for students at veterinary schools around the world.
Von Hagens invented the process of plastination in 1977 while working as a researcher at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
Plastination effectively halts decomposition and preserves the specimen in its essential state, enabling its display without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde.
Nash L, Nicholson H, Lee AS, Johnson GM and Zhang M (2005): Configuration of the connective tissue in the posterior atlanto-occipital interspace: a sheet plastination and confocal microscopy study.
Invented by Gunther Von Hagens at the Institute for Anatomy, Heidelberg University in 1978, the plastination technique allows for preservation of a decomposable specimen in a durable and lifelike manner for instruction, research, and demonstration purposes.
All are preserved through a technique von Hagen has invented which he calls plastination, a "revolutionary preservation technique that replaces the water inside the cell with special forms of plastic.
Like his previous shows, it will include bodies stripped to the bones, but still showing their organs and sinews thanks to his plastination preservation technique.
German-born Professor Hunter von Hagens from the Institute for Plastination plans to document the whole process - from finding a volunteer to carrying out their posthumous reconstruction - for television.