It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood sci-fi movie, scientists using slices of dead humans to create virtual copies.

But US researchers have done exactly that and created the world’s most detailed digital body, New Scientist reports.

The Visible Human Project researchers, based at the US National Library of Medicine in Maryland, are creating ‘virtual humans’ and using them for medical research.

Sergey Makarov and his team used more than 5,000 slices of an American woman’s frozen cadaver, at one-third of a millimetre intervals, to create a 3D version of the human body.

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