The Nanyang Technological University’s new medical school in Singapore has announced it plans to help pioneer the use of plastinated bodies for medical education. Currently, plastinated bodies are genuine human bodies preserved using a method that replaces water and fat with certain plastics. The end product is a cadaver will not smell or decay.
Prices for these plastinated bodies can run as high as $200,000 whereas the traditional cadavers are generally purchased for about $2,000. While we expect the price for a plastinated cadaver to fall dramatically, we’re not sure it will ever be as inexpensive as the traditional variety nor are we sure it will be as effective if it lacks water and fat.