Donated body parts on display at new Ohio museum

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Preserved human organs and other body parts line the display cases in an interactive anatomy museum that opened to the public this week at a northwest Ohio university campus.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/1cE8ZgS ) reports the museum at the University of Toledo Health Science campus gives medical students, high school classes and other visitors a glimpse inside the human body. Stomachs, knees and spinal cord samples are among the more than 300 specimens on display in the basement space.

An associate professor and medical students have spent years working to preserve the parts through plastination, which replaces fluid in tissue with plastic resin.

The professor, Dr. Carlos Baptista, says the items on display must be treated with respect because they came from bodies that were donated.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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