- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - An exhibit going on display in Portland lets people learn about the body through a look at real human bodies, inside and out.

The Body Worlds exhibit opens Friday in Portland with specimens of human bodies created by a process called plastination.

The exhibit shows the details of the human body, ranging from the cross-section of a 300-pound man compared to a normal-sized man to an entire body with each major part separated and suspended to give visitors a view of muscles, bones and organs.

Body Worlds curator Angelina Whalley said it’s done in respectful manner.

All told, more than 40 million people have viewed the exhibit over the past 20 years. The showing at the Portland Science Center marks the first time the exhibit has been displayed in Maine.

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