Ethics Murky on Human Anatomy Shows

'The Biker'

'The Biker' is part of the Body Worlds traveling exhibit. Gunther Von Hagens' Body Worlds hide caption

itoggle caption Gunther Von Hagens' Body Worlds

The plotters were planning to blow as many as 10 airplanes out of the sky. That's what U.S. and British officials are saying. And they add that the alleged terrorists were getting ready to rehearse their attacks, in a "dry run." Rob Gifford's digging for more details in London, Pam Fessler's tracking down sources here at home and Ina Jaffe has been caught in the crush of delayed passengers at LAX.

Now: if you were senior producer at All Things Considered, how would you segue from a package about this alleged plot to murder thousands of people, to a story about an art exhibition of... cadavers?

Answer: Boldly. No tiptoeing around it. Everybody we know who's seen the Body Worlds and Bodies: The Exhibition shows, which are being displayed right now in seven cities around the country, comes away in awe. Human bodies unpeeled, sliced open, nerves and muscles and bones transformed into colorful plastic. People say there's something inspiring and beautiful about it; my sister Judy, who used to get frightened during Peter Pan, says the cadaver exhibition is one of the most astonishing and important shows she's ever seen.

And as Neda Ulaby tells you this evening, she was blown away, too. But not by the inventive if grisly beauty: Neda has uncovered evidence that raises disturbing ethical questions about how, and where, the doctor who created the show gets the bodies. She left the exhibition so shaken that she, a long time carnivore, went vegetarian for a month. But she admits she's lapsed

Read Neda's full "Reporter's Notebook."

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