The people over at SynDaver Labs in Florida have decided to make the Splenda of cadavers. It looks, feels, and kind of smells like a real cadaver – but it isn't. It's an artificial dead body that can be used in medical schools and is just as terrifying and creepy as the real thing.
Featured on the ABC show “Shark Tank,” SynDaver appropriately calls their artificial cadaver the “Synthetic Human.” It's life-size and shares similar physical and chemical properties with real human flesh. In other words, when you cut it up you can dig your hands in and feel the insides that include all the water, fiber, and salt content of synthetic tissue. The cadavers mimic a human body and contain hundreds of replaceable muscles, bones, organs, and vessels. If you really want something more in-depth, you can get a model that actually bleeds and breathes. I'm literally cringing a little while typing all of this out.
Even though a synthetic human body can be creepy, it's a very ideal resource for some medical schools. Kevin McDade, an instructor of biology at Penn State University, which purchased one of the cadavers, said that it's very cost effective for smaller colleges and universities that can't afford full cadaver labs.
"Just don't leave me alone with Carl."
Dr. Paulette Bernd, professor of pathology and cell biology at Columbia University Medical Center begs to differ saying that the synthetic cadavers are great for a review but not good for learning anatomy. Either way, I shudder to think of what would happen if one of these got into the hands of a demented pervert. Don't tell me you weren't thinking the same thing.
If you or your med school is thinking about purchasing one of these “Synthetic Human” cadavers, they cost upwards of $40,000. If med schools aren't interested, I'm sure Halloween stores all over the country would be willing to take them off their hands.