No one lives forever — nor do they last forever. At least not without a lot of tuneups.
Only the Venezuelan officials who have promised to preserve Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and display his body "for eternity" inside a glass tomb know exactly how they're going to do it.
But if they were to follow procedures that are used in the United States, the technique might be rather simple: repeat embalming.
Vernie Fountain is owner of the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills in Springfield, Missouri. He says "the first thing to remember about embalming as we do it in the U.S. is that it is designed to delay the natural deterioration of the body; it's not forever,"