Every fall, students and others mount protests over the dissection of frogs, cats, rats, crayfish, earthworms, fetal pigs, and more. Opponents brand the practice insensitive and unnecessary. Some educators insist there's nothing like the real thing.

Increasingly sophisticated computer simulations continue to make inroads versus actual dissection, yet the issue still stirs controversy from coast to coast.

A 16-year-old honor student in Baltimore was removed from her anatomy class in late September after refusing to dissect a cat. She was allowed back in—with the option of computer alternatives—after protesters

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