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Preview the World Premiere of <strong><em>BODY WORLDS Vital</em></strong> at The Tech Museum

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, 9 November, 2010
Journalists are invited to preview BODY WORLDS Vital, a unique and compelling study of healthy living and disease prevention, featuring authentic donated human bodies. BODY WORLDS Vital is a specially curated collection of key specimens designed to show visitors the essentials for human health and wellness. The exhibition is made up of whole body plastinates and a large arrangement of individual organs, organ and arterial configurations and translucent slices that give a complete picture of how the human body functions. WHO: San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed Dr. Angelina Whalley, creative and conceptual designer of Body Worlds and director of the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum Dan Fenton, CEO Team San Jose WHERE: The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St., San Jose WHEN: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 (Reporters are encouraged to arrive 30 mins early to tour exhibition) Using multi-media installations as a backdrop, the exhibit shows the body in disease and distress by comparing healthy bodies to bodies that have succumbed to a host of illnesses and medical conditions. The exhibition was developed specifically for the American audience to educate people on common diseases and preventive care, and to encourage them toward wellness. BODY WORLDS Vital is the latest chapter in the HUMAN SAGA project - a series of curated museum blockbusters that began with exploration of the brain and neuroscience, cardiology and the heart, human development and longevity and aging. Media are invited to download high-resolution images at the BODY WORLDS online picture database. Contacts: Roqua Montez, Director of Public Relations The Tech Museum (408) 795-6225 rmontez@thetech.org Gail Hamburg Director of Communications Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS (312) 602-5369 g.hamburg@plastination.com About The Tech Museum The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the Spirit of Silicon Valley by providing science and technology experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought and inspire action. About BODY WORLDS: Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS is the culmination of the German scientist and physician's more than 35-year career in anatomy. More than 32 million people around the world have experienced the BODY WORLDS exhibitions. BODY WORLDS exhibitions are the only exhibitions rely on an established body donation program. To date, more than 12,000 donors around the world have bequeathed their bodies to Dr. von Hagens Institute for Plastination after death.