The Haunted Scalpel: Jan Oakley Investigates Dissection

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For some, the image of a mangled pig fetus or an cut up frog on the Biology room table remains a painful and disturbing memory. While the number of animals involved in dissection might seem relatively small compared to other uses, Jan Oakley argues that not only are staggering numbers killed every year, but also that the ecological consequences of such “procurement” are severe.

In this interview, we connect with doctoral candidate, Jan Oakley, to discuss her research on dissection. We cover scientific understandings, industry economics, controversial student cases, silenced voices, rigorous alternatives, and why the issue deserves much more attention than it receives.

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