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Dr. Gunther von Hagens 'HUMAN SAGA' Project Presents Sexuality and Reproduction in New Exhibit, The Cycle of Life.
Date:5/5/2009

BERLIN, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Anatomist, Dr. Gunther von Hagens, creator of the BODY WORLDS exhibitions, who set out three years ago to present the human saga in its entirety, introduced the latest volume in his "HUMAN SAGA" project this week.

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With the "HUMAN SAGA" project, Dr. von Hagens had hoped to traverse the anatomical landscape left uncharted by Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), the founder of modern human anatomy. von Hagens' "HUMAN SAGA" is a historical nod to Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica, the anatomical textbook that corrected the long trail of misinformation about the human body, and forever changed Western medicine.

"When I set out on the project, I decided to explore the brain and then the heart. I then looked at the human life cycle and aging," said von Hagens. The sum of his study and research resulted in The Three Pound Gem, The Story of the Heart, and The Mirror of Time. In his latest exhibition, The Cycle of Life, von Hagens focuses on the biology of reproduction and sexuality. "It is the most fascinating area of study. On the one hand, we know so much about DNA as the stairway of evolution and about the possibilities of cloning, and on the other, religion doesn't allow us to discuss the theoretical possibility of the virgin birth," he said. "We have both stood still and progressed from Vesal's time," he said.

The Cycle of Life, opening in Berlin on May 7, 2009, presents the human body as an amazing anatomical feat. It shows the arc of human development from the spark of conception to maturity. The exhibition offers a deep understanding of the human body, the biology of reproduction, and the nature of sexuality. It will educate and fascinate visitors by reminding them of th
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