Oink Oink! Fetal Pig Dissections in Forensics

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Oink Oink! Fetal Pig Dissections in Forensics

Hannah Forrest

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No amount of huffing and puffing could blow the famed fetal pig dissection out the window.

Last week, Ms. Sewell and Ms. Baker led their forensics classes into uncharted territory. Buckets of fetal pigs (unborn piglets collected for science) were delivered to the lab and distributed among the class. Without any mention of straw, sticks, or bricks, ┬ástudents got busy with their tools and opened their new friend. Their goal was to hunt for any abnormalities within the animal – unusual gallbladder color, misshapen lungs, etc. – and record their findings much like an actual autopsy.

“They are conducting a fetal pig autopsy following human autopsy protocol,” Ms. Baker said when asked about the lab’s purpose. “Obviously, we can’t do a human autopsy, so the pig is the closest comparison.”

“I was excited [about the lab] until I actually did it, and it smells bad!” Catherine Perry, one of the participants, remarked.

After examination, the pigs went “wee wee wee” all the way home, back to the buckets.

 

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