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Origin of Exhibit's Bodies Contested
The Columbus Dispatch ^ | September 15, 2007 | By Robert Vitale

Posted on 09/15/2007 8:12:47 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL

Controversy has followed an exhibit of preserved, plasticized human bodies around the world.

Now, a group of Ohio State University students and faculty members is raising questions about "Bodies … The Exhibition" during its six-month stay in Columbus.

Like others, the OSU group is challenging whether the bodies are those of people who died of natural causes, as the exhibit's owners insist, or whether they are those of political prisoners who died in Chinese prisons.

Premier Exhibitions, the Atlanta company that brought an exhibit of Titanic artifacts to COSI Columbus in 2005, says it's under suspicion because the bodies came from China.

"When anyone does work in China, they are painted with a brush that says they must be doing something immoral, illegal or unethical," said Dr. Roy Glover, a retired University of Michigan anatomy and cell-biology professor who is Premier's chief medical adviser.

Arjene Chen, an Ohio State graduate student, says there are reasons for suspicion.

China has acknowledged that it harvests organs for transplant from executed prisoners, a practice banned in U.S. prisons. And, according to the U.S. State Department, China has imprisoned up to 100,000 people since a 1999 crackdown on a movement called Falun Gong. Practitioners combine spirituality with meditation and exercise. A 2006 State Department report estimates that thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have died in Chinese government custody.

"It's such a horrible thing," said Chen, president of the university's Falun Gong Practice Group.

She's from Taiwan. Even at OSU, she said, students from China often are afraid to speak out against their government.

The Falun Gong group says it will picket today near Easton Town Center, where the "Bodies" exhibit has been set up in a former CompUSA store since June 30. It's scheduled to run through Dec. 31.

The exhibit, with an admission cost of $15 to $28, depending on age, displays 21 bodies and more than 260 organs.

"They couldn't give us exactly the answers of where the bodies come from," Chen said of Premier. "They just said they come from China."

Lucia Dunn, an OSU economics professor and the Falun Gong group's faculty adviser, acknowledged that no one has been able to prove that the bodies belonged to prisoners.

"But we know so many people are being held as prisoners of conscience," she said.

Premier Exhibitions has faced similar controversy elsewhere.

An employee at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh resigned in June when the museum decided to host the "Bodies" exhibit. A science museum in Fort Lauderdale vetoed it last year.

Glover said Falun Gong supporters protested a show in London.

The bodies on display were obtained from Dalian Medical University in northeastern China, he said. The school runs a plastination laboratory that specializes in the technique used to preserve the bodies by replacing natural fluids with silicone.

Letters of indemnification, Chinese government documents and Premier's contract with the university all guarantee that the people died of natural causes, he said.

They weren't executed and weren't prisoners, Glover said. The bodies were unidentified or unclaimed, he said.

"You have to take somebody's word for it," Glover said when asked how he can be sure. He said the head of the lab at Dalian is a longtime, trusted friend.

COSI Columbus is negotiating to bring in a different anatomical exhibit that uses the same process to preserve human bodies.

Body Worlds, run by the German doctor who created the preservation technique, is preferred in part because "it does contain better documentation with the bodies," said Kelli Gaza Nowinsky, the science museum's spokeswoman.

The private research institute that coordinates Body Worlds seeks donated bodies on its Web site.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bioethics; bodies; chicoms; china; falungong; humanremains; madeinchina; museum; notmodels; plasticizedbodies; premierexhibitions; realpeople; toxicchina
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1 posted on 09/15/2007 8:12:59 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Previous thread on same subject:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1855450/posts


2 posted on 09/15/2007 8:13:56 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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To: Duchess47; jahp; LilAngel; metmom; EggsAckley; Battle Axe; SweetCaroline; Grizzled Bear; ...
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”Made in China” Ping.

(Please FReepmail me if you would like to be on or off of the list.)
3 posted on 09/15/2007 8:14:27 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Bttt.

I’ve never doubted that this freak and his traveling freak show would eventually be recognized for what they truly are.


4 posted on 09/15/2007 8:17:21 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Have you developed your 2008 bug-out plan?)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Well I’m glad this was posted again. The exhibit was here in St. Paul, Minnesota last year, and I am SO glad I didn’t go. Thought it was disgusting from the minute I read about it.


5 posted on 09/15/2007 8:18:35 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (I get enough exercise just pushing my luck)
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...

Oh My God!


6 posted on 09/15/2007 8:21:37 PM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Body Worlds, run by the German doctor who created the preservation technique

Too sickening.

7 posted on 09/15/2007 8:24:08 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (I get enough exercise just pushing my luck)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
These people are the worst of the worst.  They travel from city to city - basically pissing all over the place by putting their exhibit pictures on billboards and slapping them all over everything from buses to store windows for months at a time.

It's disgusting.  The owners of this show are PsOS.  Complete garbage.

8 posted on 09/15/2007 8:24:09 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Agree P.B. Unbelievable.


9 posted on 09/15/2007 8:25:08 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (I get enough exercise just pushing my luck)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

They’ve been here in Durham for the past several months, heavily advertising the exhibit on radio and on a couple of city buses. Oh yeah...and the exhibit was at the fanciest shopping mall in town, Streets at Southpoint. I’m glad I didn’t check it out.

}:-)4


10 posted on 09/15/2007 8:30:46 PM PDT by Moose4 (I will never forget. I will never forgive.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Placing the dead bodies of people on display for profit? What a total callous disregard for the dignity of a human.

This is disgusting beyond words.


11 posted on 09/15/2007 8:31:23 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom
It's worse than that.....several years ago this same a-hole either rented or lent some of the bodies to a German film maker to use in a German horror movie about medical students performing live vivisections.

 

 

12 posted on 09/15/2007 8:36:20 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Lijahsbubbe

I saw this from a newspaper article of when the exhibit was in Minnesota:

While education is the exhibit’s focus, it also aims to get people in touch with their own bodies, Wojda said. Visitors wiggled their own kneecaps while examining a plastinated leg. Teachers pointed out the locations of muscles to elementary students.

What kind of ghoul takes elementary aged children to see this kind of stuff? They are probably still having nightmares.


13 posted on 09/15/2007 8:44:32 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Calpernia

They had an exhibit like this, possibly still do, in San Diego. I refuse to see it.

What a horror show!


14 posted on 09/15/2007 8:49:02 PM PDT by KylaStarr
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I’d be surprised if they were not political prisoners.


15 posted on 09/15/2007 8:58:32 PM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: 8mmMauser; floriduh voter

Ping.


16 posted on 09/15/2007 9:05:31 PM PDT by TheSarce
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To: JACKRUSSELL

IF there was no coercion, it was a great exhibit on what humans are. I saw it in Virginia. Very good work on showing how we work.


17 posted on 09/15/2007 9:14:45 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("Of course, a fool, what with sheer fright and fine sentiments, is always safe.")
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To: Calpernia

Words can’t express my horror.

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Thanks for the ping Calpernia.


18 posted on 09/15/2007 9:16:41 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: VanShuyten

*IF* there was no coercion??????

This is China we’re talking about.


19 posted on 09/15/2007 9:23:44 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: VanShuyten

They probably weren’t coerced at all. They likely had no choice at all about when they were executed.


20 posted on 09/15/2007 9:25:47 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: sockmonkey

Pity the children who have parents that allowed them to partake in this type of ‘exhibit’.


21 posted on 09/15/2007 9:30:57 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (I get enough exercise just pushing my luck)
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To: VanShuyten

I saw the exhibit in Philadelphia. What a physiology lesson.


22 posted on 09/15/2007 9:33:17 PM PDT by Ben Chad
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I don’t object to it in principle, but it’s all too obvious where and how the chicoms got the bodies.

Young, buff, healthy twenty-somethings untouched by disease, addiction, or violent death... From a country long notorious for executing people to order for the organ trade.


23 posted on 09/15/2007 9:58:36 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

Several of them were obviously diseased. Hardly any of them were “twenty-somethings” You can see similar, although not as well-preserved, people at any medical school.


24 posted on 09/15/2007 10:03:59 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("Of course, a fool, what with sheer fright and fine sentiments, is always safe.")
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To: Lijahsbubbe

There are very exact laws against this kind of exhibitionism. They may call it “art”, but the fact is that freak shows are illegal.

Whatever the constitutional issues, I hope they are at least challenged and prosecuted.


25 posted on 09/15/2007 10:13:30 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: JACKRUSSELL; Coleus

Ping


26 posted on 09/15/2007 10:31:05 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL; TheSarce
Pinged from Terri Dailies

8mm


27 posted on 09/16/2007 3:38:25 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All

The Chinese are so touchy about their dead that they don’t even sign up for voluntary postmortem organ donation. The fact that all these bodies come from China is the first pointer. Second, maybe they did die of natural causes but where are the family consent letters that let this group use the dead bodies?

I am certain there’s something fishy about this.


28 posted on 09/16/2007 5:15:51 AM PDT by MimirsWell
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I saw it D.C. It was a great exhibtion.

IRT the objestions, it’s like a “Have you stopped beating your wife” arguement


29 posted on 09/16/2007 5:25:14 AM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: onedoug

ping


30 posted on 09/18/2007 2:56:29 PM PDT by windcliff
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