I quote from Gerard Nadal in the above referenced thread:
[quote=Gerard Nadal] Re: Body Worlds
I hate to be the party pooper on this thread, but I’m a biologist and I have lots of moral and ethical problems with this exhibit. First, there is significant concern that many of these bodies originated in China, which casts a pall over the claims of voluntary donation. The human rights abuses in China with their political prisoners: the executions and slave labor are staggering.
Second. As was mentioned above, yes, some saints are displayed in glass sarcophagi for purposes of prayerful intercession and veneration, which is different from the PT Barnum nature of the Bodies Exhibit.
Third. Those who donate their bodies to medical schools for educational purposes actually have them used to great end. They are also treated with great respect. Medical students that would commit desecratory acts are severely sanctioned. There is little probative value in these exhibits. Powerful computer programs now exist that can demonstrate all that this exhibit shows. Even if the consent of each subject were legitimate, the exhibit, outside of a graduate school-level environment does not rise to the level of benefit to humanity to warrant such treatment of the human body in death.
Fourth. Given all of the above, I am most concerned about the commodification of the human body before birth, during adult life, and after death. Exhibits such as this dull our sensibilities in this regard. While fascinating to behold, it comes at a price.