Plastination replaces bodily fluids with a clear polymer that hardens gradually so that anatomists can pose the bodies after they are preserved. The popularity of such exhibits, which rake in millions of dollars a year, has had other companies jumping on the bandwagon, al-
though Body Worlds is the only group to get its bodies strictly through a donation process. (Its largest competitor, â€Bodies: The Exhibition,â€ receives plastinated cadavers from a facility in China. A spokesperson for that exhibit was unable to say how the facility acquires its cadavers.) After someone dies, it´s a journey of about 15 months from funeral home to exhibition hall-beginning with the acquisition of the cadaver, to dissection, to plastination.