The Oberlin Review

College first-year Caracol Haley dissects a rat for her Organismal Biology class. Instead of having students dissect rats, the instructor of one of the lab sections this semester has decided to challenge them to create their own organ.

Professors Discuss Pros, Cons of Dissection in Intro Labs

April 17, 2015

Students in five lab sections of a 100-level biology class dissected rats last week, but those in the sixth section did not. Instead, the section, taught by Associate Professor Taylor Allen of the Biology department, presented ideas for fictional organs for the human body. “The project seeks to deepen students’ understanding of body plans and physiological processes, as well as to develop skills related to creative problem solving, innovative thinking and scientific collaboration,” Allen...

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