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BODY WORLDS: Pulse.  The California Science Center hosts the West Coast debut of the largest BODY WORLDS exhibition in a decade, with new real human-body specimens.  

Richard's guest Dr. Diane Perlov, director of the Science Center and its exhibits, discusses the  experience of inventor Dr. Gunther von Hagen's BODY WORLDS: Pulse — a convergence of aesthetic anatomy, health and wellness.  

This special exhibition presents real human bodies in sickness and health. Discover the human body's vulnerabilities and potential, and many of the challenges the human body faces as it navigates the 21st century.

More than 200 plastinated specimens of real human bodies — including whole bodies, translucent slices, and organs – are curated and presented in galleries that feature the different systems of the body. The locomotive, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and reproductive systems are revealed in precise detail through Dr. von Hagen’s invention of plastination, providing a glimpse into the human anatomy that was once only available to medical practitioners. Featured plastinates include an obese body slice, a smoker’s black lung, a liver with cirrhosis, and hardened arteries that show the impact of ill health. In contrast, dancers, sports figures, and a woman bearing life illustrate how bodies function when lifestyles support good health and well-being. Through interactive multimedia, guests can explore the wonders of the human body and marvel at its elegance and complexity.

Discover what makes you move, what makes you tick, and what makes you unique in the largest BODY WORLDS exhibition in a decade.


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