Live 'Human Body' Dissection Show Coming To Manchester But Could You Stomach It?
Maybe read this after your lunch...
It's been a few years since people were grossed out by real-life dissection courtesy of German scientist Gunther von Hagens.
But now a new show coming to Manchester is going all Body Worlds on us, as Anatomy Lab LIVE shows a live dissection.
Don't lose your lunch just yet - the subject going under the knife is VIVIT, the world's only semi-synthetic human cadaver, so not quite the real thing.
But it's still eerily close to reality, as anatomist Samuel Piri performs a dissection procedure to showcase health and disease on real internal organs.
VIVIT is a specially constructed synthetic human cadaver that houses real organs.
During the procedure Samuel will dissect VIVIT to reveal the inside of the head and jaw demonstrating the brain and spinal cord.
Following this Samuel will open the thoracic cavity to show the trachea, lungs and heart followed by the abdominal cavity revealing the stomach, liver, gall bladder, intestines, kidneys and bladder.
All of VIVIT's organs are from pigs due to their anatomical similarities with humans.
Live on-stage Samuel will compare the human body in its healthy form to anatomical samples damaged by excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. Audiences will have chance to put their questions to Samuel and to leading medics accompanying him on stage.
Following the procedure the samples will be prepped for handling by those in the audience who wish to further examine the specimens.
Samuel developed Anatomy Lab LIVE as he believes by showing people the intricate workings of the human body people will learn the importance of keeping healthy.
Of the event, he says: "The human body is a complex machine, VIVIT and I will give you the chance to peel back the skin, to see how disease and poor health affect your internal organs."
The Manchester tour event opens at The Village Hotel in Hyde, Manchester on Saturday February 25, 2017 with a second performance on Sunday February 26, 2017 - which is already sold out.
The event begins at 6pm finishing at 11.45pm. Tickets include a two-course sit down meal before the procedure begins.
Tickets - for 16 yer olds and older - are priced at £60 per person or a group ticket that admits six is £300.