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Fetal Pigs Stink

Posted on March 26, 2013 by Alexis Schroeder

At the start of the second semester, Noah P. and I decided that we wanted to learn more about the human body and where everything is in it. Being that a pig's intestinal body is the most identical to a humans, we decided to start a dissecting project on the fetal pig.

Once we talked our idea over with the teachers, they helped us order six fetal pigs. The first pig we dissected ,we focused on learning about the muscles and internal system. With the second pig we dissected, we focused on the nervous system. Both times, we have spent about four plus hours working on it. We know we want to continue and do more with this project, but as of right now, we aren't sure what we plan to do. We do know that we would like to do some stitching and sewing with the next one. We have also had several other students interested in this project with us. Maryann V. joined us with the second pig and Nick W. plans to join us as well. They may do their own pig. We hope to finish with this project by the middle of May or sooner.

I have learned so much from this project. I have learned where everything in the body is. The only downside to this project is how bad the pigs smell. I am pretty sure the rest of the school will be happy when we finish.  Even though I have really enjoyed this project, I can't wait to finish it either.


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