At a high school in Florida, students used artificial frogs for the first time in biology classes, ACCORDING to US media reports. J.W. Mitchell High School is the first in the world to experiment with the new technology, with students dissecting nearly 100 synthetic frogs last week, according to SynDaver, which developed the synthetic frog. The frogs can be used for teaching, simulation surgery and medical device testing, the company said.
The synthetic frogs are designed to mimic the shape and body structure of living female frogs, the report said. They have bones, muscles, skin, organs and even a reproductive system containing eggs. Synthetic tissue is made of water, fiber, and salt.
“It’s safer to dissect than real frogs because it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals like Formalin,” said Christopher Sakesles, founder and chief executive of SynDaver. But at the same time, it’s more like a living frog than a frog that keeps a specimen. Synthetic frogs are known to be reused again and again.
Millions of frogs are killed each year for anatomical experiments, according to an animal rights group. “We look forward to using this state-of-the-art technology in schools around the world that will not only save millions of frogs, but also be a more effective and safer teaching tool,” the group said. “