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BREAKTHROUGH: V. Ramakrishna displaying the plastinated organ of an animal.
BREAKTHROUGH: V. Ramakrishna displaying the plastinated organ of an animal.

Vishwa Kundapura

KOLAR: V. Ramakrishna, an eminent personality in the field of veterinary sciences, has claimed to have invented an eco-friendly and animal-friendly technique to preserve the organs of animals, which is cost-effective.

Once this “plastination” technology is put to use on large scale, veterinary students will be able to learn the anatomy of animals without cutting animals.

Mr. Ramakrishna, who hails from Kolar and is working as guest lecturer at College of Veterinary Sciences, Hebbal in Bangalore, says that his passion and study about animal bodies spanning more than three decades started paying dividends now. “It took nearly eight years of research to develop plastination technology,” he told The Hindu during his recent visit to Kolar.

After his stint at University of Veterinary Sciences, Bidar, and serving for a long time in African countries, Mr. Ramakrishna has now settled down in Bangalore concentrating on his invention.

Traditionally, the organs of animals are being stored in formalin.

It causes irritation to eyes, nose and hands in the process of cutting and dissection of the organs.

Considering these difficulties, and also in the backdrop of animal rights activists raising ethical questions about dissection of animal bodies, he thought about an alternative solution.

The ordeal suffered after death of his son, Vishwanath, in an accident prompted Mr. Ramakrishna to accord immortality to the human body, and it inspired him to pursue the matter more vigorously, though in the field of animals.

Though Mr. Ramakrishna reportedly made the breakthrough in this field a couple of years ago, the invention now took a concrete shape with the assistance of a team comprising of R.V. Prasad, Shivajnanam, Jamuna and Sunil Patil of the Veterinary College, Hebbal.

Process

Under this technology, only used plastic tea cups and thermocol waste would be recycled to prepare a paste resembling transparent paint. Original organs to be used in veterinary colleges as teaching aid would be embalmed with this paste, he explained.

The technology, it is claimed, is so effective that the plastinated organs would not decay for hundreds of years.

Mr. Ramakrishna gave “Solution to Pollution Eradication” as focal slogan to his project.

He has submitted a proposal to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board seeking its cooperation and encouragement.

Stating that he is applying for the patent, Mr. Ramakrishna sought the support of the government.

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