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If the National Library of Medicine has its way, grave robbing will virtually become a thing of the past. In August of 1991, the NLM contracted the University of Colorado to slice male and female cadavers into 1 mm sections for the purpose of constructing a comprehensive database of anatomical images. These images—55 gigabytes’ worth—will replace human remains in anatomy classes, treatment planning, and other academic and industrial applications. You may now log on to the NLM’s Web site (www.nlm.nih.gov) to see samples or view the Visible Human, sliced head to toe, side to side, or front to back, at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. Tonight, Michael Ackerman, the brains behind the virtual body, will discuss the Visible Human Project in a slide- and video-illustrated lecture at 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, 6900 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. (202) 782-2200. (Janet Hopf)