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Do Biology Students Need Dissection?

Students Dissecting Pig HeartsIs dissection essential to a high school biology class? That’s a question lawmakers in Connecticut are grappling with, according to the Hartford Courant. A bill heading to the state senate floor would allow students to opt out of dissections if they raise conscientious objections. Critics have long argued the procedure is outmoded and inhumane, while biology teachers have countered that it remains the most effective way to teach kids anatomy.

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Website: Evolution Resources


The National Academies of Sciences Evolution Resources Web page features a collection of books, reports, statements, papers, and articles about evolution, as well as provide an excellent list of scientific definitions.

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Website: Evolution of Evolution


The Evolution of Evolution Website celebrates 150 years of Charles Darwin’s “Origin of the Species,” with a flash report featuring video and audio interviews with scholars; an interactive time-line; introduction to Darwin’s life and work; a list of related Websites; and downloadable pdfs suitable for classroom use.

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Teacher Program: Bioinformatics, Seattle, WA

This Bioinformatics Professional Development Workshop, held on February 2010, in Seattle, Washington, is designed primarily for teachers of high school biology, advanced biology, and biotechnology. Prior bioinformatics experience not required.

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Fluttering in Space: The Butterfly Project


When NASA’s space shuttle Atlantis takes off for the International Space Station, a University of Colorado at Bolder butterfly experiment will be aboard, monitored from Earth by thousands of K-12 students.

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