WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- For the first time, students at a Florida high school made use of a synthetic frog made of water and fibers for their science dissection class, instead of a formalin-preserved specimen.
- The man-made frog is created by PETA and SynDaver, the world’s manufacturer of realistic and synthetic human and animal models.
- The new educational tool was constructed in a way that it simulates the anatomy of a live frog in great detail including organ systems.
This week, almost 100 students at J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Florida used a realistic synthetic frog instead of real frogs for dissection in the K–12 and collegiate science classes for the first time.
PETA in partnership with SynDaver, the world’s leading developer of hyper-realistic and synthetic human and animal models, designed the revolutionary SynFrog, a man-made frog that mimics the visual and textural properties of a live female frog. It also comes with a removable and highly realistic synthetic skin and organs including a reproductive system with eggs.
The new innovative educational tool not only saves millions of frogs that are usually killed for such lessons, but provides students an enhanced educational experience.
Shalin Gala, PETA Vice President of International Laboratory Methods said, “PETA has promoted virtual dissection for years, but some teachers still request ‘hands-on’ teaching tools—and that’s where the SynFrog comes in,” adding that the product is a lot safer, effective and more humane.
Currently selling for $150 apiece on the SynDaver website, the product is free of potentially harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and formalin unlike the preserved specimens being sold to schools for dissection labs. This is because its synthetic tissues are made of water, fiber and salts, making it reusable and safer to handle.
The SynFrog is also viewed as a solution by educators to the ethical problem involving living animals being sacrificed for the purpose of teaching comparative anatomy.
While J.W. Mitchell High School is the first school in the world to use SynFrogs in science labs, it is expected that other schools nationwide will follow suit.
Source: Good News Network