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Florida HS Becomes The First In The World To Provide Synthetic Frogs For Students To Dissect

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Florida HS Becomes The First In The World To Provide Synthetic Frogs For Students To Dissect

Florida HS Becomes The First In The World To Provide Synthetic Frogs For Students To Dissect

According to PETA, around 3 million frogs are killed each year for classroom use. It was said that many students actually are opposed to working with real animals for ethical and moral reasons, and PETA even noted that the chemicals used to preserve them for educational purposes can also be harmful.

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While some schools are aware of those facts and still decides to use the frogs for their biology class, one Florida school is putting an end to that. The Daily Mail reports that students at J.W Mitchell High School in New Port Richey have found an alternative. Instead of using dead frogs, they tried out 100 models of the ‘SynFrog’ which is a hyper-realistic model.

It cost $150 apiece and are designed to mimic the visual and textural elements of a live female frog. Apparently, the Synfrog features a skeleton, muscles, skin, organs and even a reproductive system with eggs, the Daily Mail Notes. Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder and CEO of SynDaver explained, that “SynFrog not only looks and feels like a real frog, it’s physically safer to dissect than a real preserved frog because it doesn’t contain potentially harmful chemicals like formalin.”

Pasco County superintendent of schools Kurt Browning praised Mitchell High School’s commitment to “being a leader in innovation” by becoming the first in the world to try the SynFrog.

It was noted that the SynFrog, which PETA helped fund the research to develop, can also be used for surgical simulation and medical device testing, in addition to education.

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