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December 8, 2016
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Laurier’s Faculty of Science participates in “Our Body: The Universe Within” exhibition

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Jan 12/10

It is said that the average surface of the human intestine is 656 square feet (200 m2) and that adults only have 206 of the 350 bones they had at birth. 

Interested in confirming these facts? The 20 human bodies on display at the “Our Body: The Universe Within” exhibit at the Waterloo Regional Children’s Museum give people the chance to see for themselves. 

In addition to providing what organizers describe as an “uncanny look underneath the skin and into the inner workings of the human body,” the display of bodies preserved through polymer impregnation is also giving Laurier Faculty of Science students the chance to volunteer their expertise. 

"This exhibit will provide our students with wonderful examples of the reality of anatomy as it relates to life and health sciences,” says Dr. Rick Elliott, associate dean of science. “We are extremely fortunate that they can experience it locally, both in terms of attending the exhibit itself and by helping out as volunteers." 

The 20 human bodies and approximately 200 anatomical specimens on display were preserved indefinitely by removing bodily fluids and replacing them with polymer plastic. Designed to demonstrate how the body’s systems work to maintain our health, the organs on display are identical to their pre-preservation state down to the microscopic level. 

The Baltimore-produced exhibit has been displayed in museums and science centres in Florida, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Oklahoma, Kansas and Rochester. It will run at the Waterloo Regional Children’s Museum January 14 to April 11, 2010. 

Representatives of the Waterloo Regional Children’s Museum will be on campus Tuesday, January 12 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room N1001 to provide an overview of the exhibit and discuss volunteer opportunities. The information session is open to all members of the Laurier community. 

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