A Dundee school pupil has been nominated for a prestigious science award for his work on embalming bodies. Omar Asad, 18, from Menzieshill High School had been researching embalming methods at Dundee University’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification. This is from the BBC…
The teenager discovered a fragmentation in muscle fibres allows Thiel cadavers to retain lifelike properties.
He is one of 200 school pupils to reach the final of the National Science + Engineering Competition.
Omar was awarded a Nuffield scholarship to work with Dr Clare Lamb at Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) to examine the factors responsible for the flexibility and suppleness in Thiel-embalmed cadavers.
The Thiel method of embalming gives surgeons, dentists, students and medical researchers a more realistic method of testing techniques, practising procedures and developing new equipment and approaches.
CAHID is leading the way in the use of Thiel and is building a new morgue to fully realise its potential.
Omar helped Dr Lamb and the team further their knowledge of the biochemistry underpinning the technique by discovering that a fragmentation of muscle fibres enables Thiel cadavers to retain lifelike properties.
His research project will now be one of 200 showcased to an audience of around 65,000 during the Big Bang Fair in London from 14-17 March.
The 18-year-old, who has applied to study anatomy at the university, said he was delighted to have been nominated for the final of the competition.