Debate over the ethicality and necessity of dissection using real specimens in biology classrooms has been an issue for decades. Technological substitutes for dissection have been available for some time, but now advances in multimedia technology are making virtual dissection more accurate and realistic than ever.

Biology teachers increasingly are using dissection simulation software and web-based dissection labs, replacing the standard frog and scalpel with a mouse and keyboard.

Programs such as Drylab Dissections and Catworks take students through an actual dissection using realistic graphics and high-resolution photography, as well as full-motion video. Each CD-ROM...

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