I always wanted to be a veterinarian growing up, but when it came time to dissect frogs in my middle school science class, I knew I just couldn’t grow up to do that.
My class partner Henry tried his best to do most of the work. He even went so far as to pick up some of the entrails and drape them like a necklace in an attempt to make me laugh.
At the end of the whole thing, it still made me cry having to cut up my tiny frog, and I was pretty upset about it for a while after that.
The good news is there’s now an innovative company making synthetic frogs for science classes to dissect.
Aside from the sad factor that comes along with dissecting real frogs, Formalin and formaldehyde are two toxic chemicals commonly found in preserved frogs.
So, using real frogs that have been preserved with those methods can expose students to harmful chemicals.
SynDaver is the company that has created a cruelty-free solution, and they create and manufacture synthetic animals and humans for medical device testing, anatomy education, and surgical training purposes.
On their website, it says, “SynDaver’s synthetic bodies mimic live tissue properties and are used by high schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, medical device companies and the military for training, testing and validation.”
“SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties. Made from a proprietary formula of water, salts and fibers, the company holds 14 patents on their materials, processes and the related products.”
The latest in the SynDaver lineup is what they call SynFrogs: synthetic frogs that come complete with muscles, skin, a skeleton, and even a reproductive system with eggs.
They truly look just like real frogs!
J.W. Mitchell High School in Florida became the first school in the world to use the SynFrogs, and you can check out how it went in the Twitter post below.
SynFrogs are also reusable, so even though a frog will set a school back $150, it’s worth the price for sure.
What do you think about SynFrogs? Let me know in the comments below!
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