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Science & Education

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 241–253 | Cite as

Competing Views of Embryos for the Twenty-First Century: Textbooks and Society

  • Jane Maienschein
  • Karen Wellner
Article

Abstract

It might seem that an embryo is an embryo, and that there would be a fact of the matter. That seems especially true with respect to the way embryos are presented in textbooks, including high school biology textbooks. This paper looks at three co-existing, competing, and often conflicting views of embryos. Then with a close study of twentieth century high school biology textbooks, it explores suggestions about the ways those books have influenced public impressions of embryos.

Keywords

Human Embryo Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Chorionic Villus Sampling High School Biology Biology Textbook 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank Cera Lawrence, Kostas Kampourakis, and an unnamed reviewer who read carefully and offered unusually helpful suggestions. The research was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Biology and SocietyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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