Competing Views of Embryos for the Twenty-First Century: Textbooks and Society
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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.
KeywordsHuman Embryo Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Chorionic Villus Sampling High School Biology Biology Textbook
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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