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ERIC Number: EJ823323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Tissue Regeneration in the Classroom!
Hassoun, Lama; Hable, Whitney; Payne-Ferreira, Tracie L.
American Biology Teacher, v70 n9 p546-549 Nov-Dec 2008
Hands-on biological exploration has been shown to have a great impact on learning. When students "do" something, they remember more details than when they sit through a lecture describing the same activity. In this article, the authors present an exercise that has the potential to get all levels of students into the lab for practical experience with animals and the issues of tissue regeneration. The activity presented here uses store-bought zebrafish, which can be anesthetized and placed on a Petri dish for easy removal of one caudal fin using a razor blade. Students have the opportunity to handle the fish, learn about anesthetic, and watch as the fish grows a new fin where one had been amputated. This exercise can be limited to simple tissue regeneration for pre-college and has also been presented with an inquiry-based module for college students. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A