Silicone rubber, epoxy used to preserve bodies by plastination

By Jason Lea, ERJ Akron Bureau
Akron, Ohio-Gunther von Hagens, 60, inventor of the plastination process and creator of the two Body Worlds exhibits has developed a novel process for preserving human bodies, using silicone rubber or epoxy resin. He is also well-known, or even notorious, in Europe for performing public autopsies in front of an invited audience, some of which have been televised.

Von Hagens’ plastination removes bodily fluid and fats and replaces them with acetone, and then replaces the acetone with a polymer.


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