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Name: corey kepler
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Date: Around 1993

Is using frogs for dissection necessary?

On the moral question, I believe that some dissection is necessary in the reaching of biology. The history of human understanding of the body and its diseases illustrates this: the ability to treat disease became much better after we began looking at the structure of our own bodies and those of animals. The same hold for teaching: you really need to see the actual structures to begin to understand how they work. Do we do too much of it?

I am not sure. But specifically about frogs, I am concerned that too many are being used. Many species are becoming threatened around the world by the destruction of their habitats. The main threat in the US is the development of shopping malls and the like in outlying rural areas, especially in the Midwest. I think it is better to use species that can be bred in captivity and that are not endangered, such as rats, for teaching purposes.

Up-date 3/9/2005
Frog populations are declining Worldwide. However, frogs provided by supply companies are grown for the purpose of dissection.

Dissection is a necessary tool to better visualize and comprehend living machines. This is important for students to experience for it may lead to a career in vet. or human medicine.

Steve Sample

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