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Anew law lets Virginia teens opt out of real-life dissections (cutting apart animals for study) in biology class. High-school students commonly dissect dead animals such as frogs to study anatomy (structure of living things). Virginia's law says that students can choose to learn anatomy by other methods-such as virtual dissections or plastic animal models.

"I had a teacher who was against dissections. We did virtual dissection on the Internet," says Patrick Miller, a 12th-grade student from Virginia. "Educationally, it worked," says Miller. But some teachers are skeptical.
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Title Annotation:Life/Anatomy; Virtual dissections
Author:Carney, Elizabeth
Publication:Science World
Geographic Code:1U5VA
Date:Jan 3, 2005
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