Last week we added a human specimen to our display of animal brains. Why wouldn’t we?
The real question is why hadn’t we. And the answer is that we weren’t allowed to. The Human Tissues Act (2004) controls how human bodies, organs and tissues are used. Different licenses are required to store, teach with or display human specimens. Until recently, we didn’t have any of these licences for the Grant Museum, which affected what we could include to represent Homo sapiens in our displays.
A human specimen (centre) has been added to the Grant Museum’s brain comparative anatomy display
How museums display humans
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