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The Target was the BODY WORLDS: Pulse Exhibit at the Science Mueseum in Los Angeles. The exhibit brings together anatomy and the latest health and wellness findings in a visually compelling and highly entertaining and informative exhibition. 


BODY WORLDS: Pulse provides an opportunity to learn about human anatomy, physiology and health through a specially curated exhibition focused on our bodies in modern day life. More than 200 plastinated specimens — including whole bodies, body configurations, translucent slices, and organs, as well as 3D displays — are curated and presented in galleries that feature the various systems of the body.

This generation of plastinates includes an obese body slice, a smoker’s black lung 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.

Pulse focuses on how the body is impacted by 21st century living and explores this through six main systems of the human body; the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the locomotive system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, and the reproductive system “Through the authenticity of the specimens on display, our visitors will experience the wonder of the real human body and marvel at its elegance and complexity.”

BODY WORLDS: Pulse brings to life findings from scientific studies that chronicle the effects of modern-day life on the body and mind and critical connections between the two.  Beyond the obvious questions of nutrition and exercise, BODY WORLDS: Pulse explores issues of the pace of one’s life, natural tempo and optimal rhythms for healthy living.

“BODY WORLDS: Pulse shows the form and function of the human body, its vulnerability and potential, and the challenges it faces navigating the 21st century,” said Dr. Angelina Whalley, Director of the Institute for Plastination and creative and conceptual designer of the exhibition.

Dr. Gunther von Hagens is the pioneering anatomist and inventor of Plastination, which halts decomposition of the body and makes possible unprecedented ways of studying the human form. His BODY WORLDS exhibitions have been presented to more than 44 million people around the world.


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