DENVER - Body Worlds is back in Denver and this time the focus of the unique exhibit is the human heart.
Body Worlds and The Story of the Heart opened Friday at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It shows how the cardiovascular system works, and how every organ in the human body depends on the heart's ability to pump blood.
"It applies to everyone because it's about everyone. Everyone has a human body and needs to learn about it," Bridget Coughlin with the museum said.
This exhibit also allows visitors to see the bones, muscles and internal organs of the human body. Visitors can see what cancer tumors look like and the difference between healthy lungs and a smoker's lungs.
The exhibit includes more than 200 preserved human specimens that have undergone a process called plastination.
It has healthy hearts on display and hearts that have been affected by disease. It also shows how modern medicine can help those diseased hearts keep beating. One example shows you how a pacemaker and its wires are inserted.
"This is not Hollywood. Hollywood portrays the human body with blood and gore. This is biology. This is science," Coughlin said.
Dr. Angelina Whalley is married to the famous Gunther von Hagens who developed the plastination process that turns human bodies into the anatomical models.
"Body Worlds is about you. It's unveiling the body interior by showing real anatomical specimens. They are beautifully and intricately dissected to show all the arteries, the muscles, the nerves," Whalley said.
According to Whalley, all of the bodies used by Body Worlds come from donors who have usually seen an exhibit in the past. These people agree to donate their bodies before passing so others can learn from them after their deaths.
I'm stoked to go see this... should be really cool!