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In June 2005, the NSTA Board of Directors adopted a revised position statement, Responsible Use of Live Animals and Dissection in the Science Classroom. Under the “Dissection” section, NSTA calls for more research to determine the effectiveness of animal dissection activities and alternatives, and the extent to which these activities should be integrated into the science curriculum. Until research indicates the effectiveness of alternatives to dissection, many teachers will continue including dissections in their classrooms. Those that do need to make sure they are addressing related safety issues to ensure a successful learning experience. This month’s Scope on Safety features NSTA’s safety recommendations for safe and ethical dissection practices.