08 August 2006

Here's something that might compete with Snakes on a Plane: dead bodies of dubious origins. Apparently dead people, in various stages of dissection, are the newest cool thing in museum exhibits. (I have to admit, the pictures are pretty neat.) As one museum director put it, "We haven't seen anything like this since the robotic dinosaurs came in the 1980's." Er, did I miss something?

Of course, when every museum wants some flesh to display, questions arise about where the bodies are coming from. This story has it all: Chinese body smuggling, a bitter rivalry between two scientists, and comparisons to Nazism. Gripping stuff.

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